Posted in museum, Optics

Artist bends light, bends minds(?)

I stumbled upon (okay, was handed) this article about Anish Kapoor, and Indian artist who is showcasing his optics-based sculptures at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. Kapoor is probably best known in the States for his work titled “Cloud Gate” in Chicago’s Millenial Park.

While the author of this particular article gets a bit too ethereal for my tastes (and quite frankly think that it takes away from the actual artwork), I do find Kapoor’s use of very basic lens and mirror concepts in order to create interactive optical sculptures a wonderful change-up from the typical art gallery exhibit that is exclusively hands-off, and is often abstract in a way that people cannot relate to. Here, Kapoor’s work is abstract enough that more people can relate to it.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.