Sebastian Verdon's Installation at Polyforum Siqueiros

January 28, 2012
When done right, interactive installation art can be captivating and amazingly eye-opening as it brings into consciousness the many complex nuances of the relationship between art viewer and art object. One particular artist that comes to mind is Bruce Nauman. Nauman's various corridor installations manipulate and direct the viewer through an experience that will likely leave them with a fresh and widened perspective (assuming that the art viewer is open to such revelations). We ran across this installation by Sebastian Verdon at Polyforum Siqueiros, and really enjoyed how Verdon frames the art viewer within a fictionalized space, bringing up ideas around the illusion in practices like painting, the consideration of space in sculpture and installation, and what it means to be the viewer within an art work. Here are some words by Verdon himself:

"The artist draws on current expectations, general paralysis, creativity and inspiration from which a great instinct for transforming the contemporary melancholy humor singular, that is neither cynical nor just absurd. A job that tends to capture the indeterminate, an aesthetic that seeks ambiguity in games of tension between the mental and physical, between reality and artifice, and hermetic readability, lucidity and innocence. His affinity with lavish photography coherence to its research around the concepts of objectivity and whether or not to capture reality. His work, particularly its celestial and stellar photographs, are an indication of a sincere dialogue and perceptive to the intangible."