rivane neuenschwander in ‘images moving out onto space’ at tate st. ives

23 May 2015
What happens when art works are set in motion? When they move around the gallery or out into the world? Featuring work by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, Images Moving Out Onto Space is an exhibition that asks these questions. The galleries are animated by light, colour and movement, and are full of bodies in all kinds of different states: flattened and fragmented, illuminated and reflected.

The exhibition brings together eight artists, with works spanning fifty years. The title and inspiration for Images Moving Out Onto Space is borrowed from a series of psychedelic kinetic sculptures that Cornwall-based artist Bryan Wynter began to make in the 1960s. The exhibition uses this series, Wynter's ‘IMOOS', to think about how abstraction can move us. The exhibition will also feature works by artists Liliane Lijn and Bridget Riley both of whom are interested in perception, movement and the relationship of their work to the body of the viewer. Alongside a selection of Riley's paintings, the display will include a suite of her rarely seen prints from the mid-1960s. One of the ARTIST ROOMS, an iconic installation by the American minimalist artist Dan Flavin, will also be presented. This work, dedicated to Flavin's friend and contemporary Donald Judd, comprises a series of T-shaped structures of fluorescent lights, using seriality to animate the space.

Rivane Neuenschwander's large-scale participatory work I Wish Your Wish, 2003, consists of thousands of multicoloured ribbons each stamped with one of sixty wishes that have been gathered from local residents over the last few months. Visitors are invited to take a ribbon from the installation in the hope that when it falls, the wish upon it will be granted. In this way the installation encourages a literal movement of the work into the space of the gallery, the town and beyond.

The exhibition runs from 23 May until 27 September 2015.

Rivane Neuenschwander at Tate St. Ives.