Into the night: An interview with James Turrell

James Turrell’s Architectural Light series represents the artist’s smallest works in number, but the largest in terms of sheer physical size, and they adorn public and private buildings and structures around the world, including, of course, the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) Night Life 2018. In this interview, I spoke with James Turrell from the…

QAGOMA during COVID-19: Director’s update

What a strange and perilous and testing time we find ourselves in. Like art communities and institutions right across the world, QAGOMA has acclimatised to uncertainty as we grapple together with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Being unanchored from our usual workplaces, schedules and habits of a lifetime is disquieting, but it has also…

Canine Construction: Visually striking and instantly likeable

South Korean artist Gimhongsok’s Canine Construction 2009 brings me a lot of joy. This is one of Gimhongsok’s proposals for public monuments, recognising that no-one ever seems to agree on public art. It’s cast from resin but looks like it’s made out of garbage bags. Sure, there’s an art world in-joke here, looking like a…

Problem-Wisdom: A parade of papier-mache objects

Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s parade of papier-mache objects in Problem-Wisdom 1993-95 is a rich and joyous meditation on life. Conjuring up the many creative projects happening in homes around the world at the moment, 366 hand-made papier-mache human figures, animals and an assortment of other objects are laid out in rows on the floor, each…