TATE MODERN, Clore Gallery
To step out of the current large exhibition of Turner's later works, Late Turner - Painting Set Free, into a small gallery showing 7 circular paintings - each tightly bound, meticulously measured, still and meditative - is quite a shock.
Olafur Eliasson is the artist whose work The Weather Project 2003 attracted 2 million of us to Tate Modern. There his huge blowsy sun, with mist and mirrors high up on the ceiling, transformed the massive Turbine Hall into an unlikely playground.There was nothing for it but to stretch out on the floor and relish the 'sun'. Groups formed ingenious patterns reflected above.
Some years later Eliasson introduced The Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp (Blog 178). You expose the back of a solar panel to the sun for 5 hours, turn it over and you have stored 5 hours of strong light for the evening. Could it change, even save, many lives by replacing kerosene lamps which are expensive and a serious health hazard?
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834,
Colour experiments:One of the Colour experiments is based on Turner's representation of the fire which broke out in the Houses of Parliament in 1834. Tens of thousands of Londoners are said to have watched.Though started accidentally, the fire happened in a time of change and political instability. Turner sketched with pencil and watercolour what he saw from various vantage points, including a hired boat, in preparation for work with oils in the studio.He was at the beginning of what art critics have described as 'an astonishing creative flowering', a time when he produced many of his finest pictures, but was also controversial and misunderstood'
The Weather Project:
The Little Sun: