Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything
What does it mean to live in a world of simultaneous brilliance and opportunity? Vertigo and disquiet? Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything will explore this concept, showcasing large scale visitor favourites and major new commissions across GOMA in celebration of the gallery’s tenth birthday.
Every delight that Sugar Spin offers also has an edge – the complex connections between humanity and the natural world are celebrated and looked at in a new light. The exhibit draws audiences between distinctive chapters – sweet-melt, white out, blackwater, soaring, garden and cosmos – establishing a dramatic visual journey through the gallery’s spaces. It’s a double dose of reflecting the urgent challenges of our day, as well as the beauty of the world we live in.
Featuring more than 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses, Sugar Spin reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and dizzying delights. Highlights include Carsten Höller’s much-loved Left/Right Slide that will spiral participants from the top to the bottom of GOMA, Ron Mueck’s oversized woman In bed, Olafur Eliasson’s interactive installation of thousands of white Lego pieces The cubic structural evolution project, Kohei Nawa’s bubble encrusted Pix-cell Double Deer#4 and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s musical installation of live finches, from here to ear (v.13).
Image one: Kohei Nawa / Japan b.1975 / PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 / Mixed media / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Image two: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot / France b.1961 / from here to ear (v.13) 2010 / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Photograph: Mark Sherwood, QAGOMA
Image three: Ron Mueck / England b.1958 / In bed 2005 / Mixed media / Purchased 2008. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA
Image four: Anne Noble / New Zealand b.1954 / Ruby’s room no.17 2001 / Digital colour print on Hahnemühle rag paper / Purchased 2006 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Image five: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian / Iran b. 1924 / Lightning for Neda 2009 / Mirror mosaic, reverse-glass painting, plaster on wood / Purchased 2009 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery