The thought of getting "lost" while walking through a giant spiraling maze is enticing for most people. Artist Ariel Narunsky envisioned this classic idea as a giant public artwork for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in his solo exhibition "Judgement", which is currently at the Arebyte Gallery until August 7.
"Judgement" attempts to ponder the sports stadium as a social monument that symbolizes contemporary society and the never-ending exploration of the human condition. Based on the layout of visitor and information centers, the exhibition includes 3D-printed models, architectural plans, animated renderings, printed "promotional" paraphernalia, and a screening of the film "Unknown Game With Ultimate Things" — which depicts the "early construction stages" of the Judgement installation.
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"'Judgement' is an attempt to utilize the perception of stadiums as social monuments to create a mirror or monument to our contemporary society and the human condition. The project establishes concepts and views regarding motive, meaning, satisfaction, control, punishment and utopia, while all along grafting it with an internal monologue aimed towards the art world. The work offers a proposal for the UK’s largest artwork, public or otherwise, that will be erected out of the existing infrastructure of the London 2012 Olympic stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Park."
"In the exhibition, the work of judgement is unveiled; the new work will offer a giant spiralled three-lane running track enveloped by a spiral wall. At its centre the track will continue underground through a tunnel, which eventually ejects you back on to the streets of London and back to your life. The construction, once erect, aims to be open around the clock for all to come and take part freely as a spectator or runner alike. Offering itself as a daily activity in the life of a community."
"This chosen language of the exhibition enables the ideas to shift between realms and fields, putting into question the parameters of the work itself. The manner of sincerity in which it is presented clashes with the idea it proposes; an idea, which sways between futility, humour, punishment and depth of heart; a joke, a critical observation or sincere solution."
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