I’m not always a big fan of installation art – some of it just leaves me “cold” – but I came across this field of daffodils, entitled Out of Sync, by Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere outside Somerset House in London yesterday and was really inspired by it as ceramic evidence that art can add something to nature – if only by exaggerating and so celebrating something of its very essence – when installed in the right setting. These daffodils aren’t even trying to be an exact replica of the real thing – rather, they aim to capture something of the intrinsic quality of what they represent; even the muted, almost monochrome, colours work because they don’t scream out about their artifice in the way that brightly painted yellow would on the dullest of days.
Instead, Casasempere’s daffodils take on, and work with, whatever lighting conditions are going on around them which, during my several hour visit to the galleries off the courtyard, altered from the intense downwards spotlight of the mini-heatwave we are currently enjoying to the amber haze of the late-afternoon sun – thus (having snapped away at the courtyard from every perceivable angle on arrival) I found myself taking a whole new set of pictures, with a far more tangible sense of atmosphere, as I left. Here’s a few of the highlights, muddled together into a mini slide-show of this most surreal of springtime displays.
Out of Sync continues at Somerset House until 27th April