The concept of the void has been of major significance for Kapoor throughout his career to date, with the inherent potential of emptiness acting as a key creative spur, “The void is not silent. I have always thought of it more and more as a transitional space, an in-between space. It’s very much to do with time. I have always been interested as an artist in how one can somehow look again for the very first moment of creativity where everything is possible and nothing has actually happened” (the artist, cited in conversation with Homi K. Bhabha in: Exhibition Catalogue, London, Hayward Gallery, Anish Kapoor, 1998, p. 35). This idea of the ‘first moment of creativity’ evokes associations with the ancient Origin Myth as well as the corresponding connotations of the circle as signifier of the womb, source of all life. The circular opening at the centre of Untitled is thus infused with multiple layers of meaning and representation, becoming a powerful vehicle of allegory and symbol.
Kapoor’s works take us on an intellectual journey of discovery and possibility: the intimate engagement of the viewer with any of his installations is of key importance to the sculptor. Kapoor has declared that he aims to introduce a ‘reverie’ within the onlooker, “I think the real subject for me, if there is one, is the sublime… if one is looking at a Friedrich painting of a figure looking at the sunset, then one is having one’s reverie in terms of their experience… it is my wish to make that distance shorter so that the reverie is direct” (the artist cited in: Rainer Crone and Alexandra von Stosch, Anish Kapoor, Munich, 2008, pp. 27-8). Untitled truly succeeds in transporting the viewer away from the everyday concerns of their immediate environment, inducing a feeling of meditative calm that invites contemplation on a profoundly spiritual level.
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