Storm King & Dia:Beacon / by Cornelius

On Friday, September 16th, we visited the Storm King Art Center and Dia:Beacon...in that order. I enjoyed this trip much more than the MoMA, It might have been because these were new places to me. Not long ago, I visited Grounds for Sculpture--so I had some idea of what to expect when it came to the category of a sculpture garden setting. The sculptures were spaced fairly far apart, which lent the opportunity of really letting each piece sink in as I approached them. It was nice to walk around the art center alone because it made me internalize my thoughts on a particular piece rather than being influenced by others around me.

One of my favorite works of art at Storm King was the wall designed by Andy Goldsworthy. I just loved how the perfectly stacked stone snaked around the trees; I walked with the curves along the length of the wall. That's something I probably would not have done if I was around other people. One funny thing I noticed was a little chipmunk running on top of the wall, along the curves. It made me laugh in my head because we as humans put such emphasis on art and what should and should not be done with it--including running on top of a piece--but the chipmunk really didn't give a shit. That moment made me think about why we actually create art in nature if nature doesn't instinctually care for it. 

After Storm King, we went to Dia:Beacon. It was amazing and I loved it so much. Although I enjoyed the sculptures at Storm King very much, they didn't hold a candle to all of the amazing work I saw at Dia. Out of everything I saw, my two favorite exhibitions were that of Dan Flavin and Richard Serra.

During my internship for Curatious in NYC last spring, I had to write a short bio for Dan Flavin and during the research process, I thought that his work was pretty cool. Seeing his pieces in person was a completely new level of cool. The feeling you get in the presence of his work is something that pictures cannot do justice representing. Until I was in the space with the light, I didn't truly understand the appeal of what he had created and explored.

During my time at Curatious, I also had to write a short bio for Richard Serra too. I think I enjoyed his work so much due to the level of interactivity inherent in the giant pieces of art--and very similar to Dan Flavin, its impossible to understand the piece until you've been in its presence. When I began walking through each of his steel sculptures I legitimately had a child-like smile on my face looking up at the massive, spiraling walls.