Monday, 21 May 2012

Alighiero Boetti

I recently went to see Alighiero Boetti's Game Plan at Tate Modern.  It's not the exhibition I would be most likely to see, but the logical, pattern seeking mind of one friend and the map-loving mind of Liam made it an obvious social-cultural excursion.  And, as is often the case with life-long retrospectives, I was blown away by the variety and beauty of some of his pieces.

Alighiero Boetti was fascinated by mathematical patterns, codes and the aesthetic effects of random-ness.  I found these elements intriguing, but I should confess that, as and aestheticist first and foremost, I was attracted by his embroidered works.  And then, even more so, by the stunning effects he was able to get with his works in biro - and how closely these wavering rows of methodical biro colouring resembled the ordered rows of the embroidered pieces.

I'm afraid I also can't help returning to a frustration that all the things that inspire me most, tend to have been created not by the artist himself, who is responsible for the concept, but by his workshops, particularly in Pakistan, who have the most incredible skill for these - and no idea, in most cases, of why they are doing it!

I guess, at heart, I'm a maker.