Objects have been losing their innate attributes in the current trend of dematerialization in contemporary art. Although such is the trend in art, Anish Kapoors works capture the attention of the audience allowing them not only to observe the objects material traits, such as the works massive volume and colossal scale, but also feel the invisible flow of energy that emanates from the objects. In other words, his objects simultaneously display characteristics of the material and immaterial.
The influence of Carl Jung led Kapoor to study organic shapes of human forms, and his life in India confronted him with the balance of power generated from conflicts, contradictions, and disagreements of ideas and beliefs. As such, his works are reflections and representations of the artists personal experiences. His works often expose outlines of shapes to illustrate the invisible flow of air, especially, the works made of polished aluminum which mimic a mirror, absorb and replicate the peripheral spaces on the works surfaces. Such effects create an illusion to the viewers as if they are peering into another dimension. In addition, Kapoors massive stone works portray a passage to another space. The natural stones that have been carved and painted depict not only the artificial touch of humans, but also evoke reverent emotions, which can transcend the viewers into an unknown space. Furthermore, the deep pigments applied in these works induce the viewers to discover unfamiliar objects in the space.
In this exhibition, Kapoors works present a mutual relationship and a synchronism of positive space and negative space, beyond the usual custom of accepting a material as material. When the contemporary art world is overflowing with hybrid, immaterial, and digital images, Kapoors works will provide yet another opportunity to observe sculptures with a more positive approach to see past their physicality.