London-born, Los Angeles based artist Walead Beshty has been commissioned by the Barbican to transform The Curve into a show-stopping installation by covering its walls with more than 12,000 cyanotype prints.
Each piece of A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench was created by using objects from Beshty’s studio, placing them on UV sensitive surfaces and exposing them to light, creating a sea of blues – ranging from cyan to indigo and navy.
Each piece is unique due to the unpredictability of sunlight, the surface used and the amount of UV sensitive emulsion applied. Combined with the mix of clearly recognizable everyday objects, mysterious shapes and the distinct intensity of a cyanotype’s blue, the installation merges with the simplistic shape of The Curve.
A must-see for lovers of Man Ray’s Rayographs, admirers of unusual creative techniques and those who are drawn to all things blue.
A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench
The Curve, Barbican Centre, London UK
9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015