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Nothing will come of Nothing, said King Lear.  Don't think the curators of the Haywood Gallery in London had this famous Shakespearean quote in mind when they decided to stage a special exhibition of invisible art this summer….

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/blank-canvas-london-gallery-unveils-invisible-art-exhibition-7767057.html

Sweet Nothing

 

We all know the Emperor
The one with no clothes
It was a fairy tale, right?
Or so we supposed…

At London’s Hayward Gallery
Invisible:  Art about the Unseen
Is set to exhibit – “nothing”
Not a solitary bean

They promise an empty plinth
And a bare canvas or two
Audiences can crane their necks
To get the best possible view…

…Of a blank piece of paper –
Entitled “1,000 Hours of Staring”
I know the feeling,
But I’m not one for sharing.

The purpose they say
Is to spark our imagination
Allow our ideas to take flight
Trigger public creation

What a pile of total rubbish
A conceit, I surmise
Worthy only of
The Turner Prize

At £8 for entrance – imagine an invisible queue
Imaginary banknotes in an empty purse
Perfect currency to see nothing
But pretension at its worst

    45 comments

  1. Shrewd Banana

    Totally agree with the sentiments in your poem, Karen – I couldn’t believe it when I heard about this ‘exhibition’. You have clearly expressed what many people will feel here, I’m sure!

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks, Anne. You couldn’t make it up!

      2 years ago
  2. Tell Your Own Story..Oldbirdee

    Really good set of words Karen. :)

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks, OB. At least the exhibition inspired someone! k ;)

      2 years ago
  3. Bellina
    BellinaSupporter said:

    Now that kick started my imagination… :D

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      HaHa, get working on that blank page Bellina :)

      2 years ago
  4. Writer no longer with us said:

    Emperors clothes alright and well written KarenReminds me of that film with Julia Roberts about the Paris shows where the fashion is ‘naked’ naked is the new black etc!! -Just unbelievable-you sure it isn’t a joke????? Deffo a Turner prize! :)

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Gotta see that film. :)

      2 years ago
  5. Writer no longer with us said:

    Have just read your link Karen and just had to quote this:
    “I think visitors will find that there is plenty to see and experience in this exhibition of invisible art,” said Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery. hahaha!!!

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks for pointing this out, LB. Ralph Rugoff…. :D !!!

      2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks for ink LB, :)

      2 years ago
  6. Writer no longer with us said:

    Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110907/
    :)

    2 years ago
  7. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    Thanks for the link. :)

    2 years ago
  8. Writer no longer with us said:

    I don’t doubt that the Hayward will count their entry fee payments with glee. People will visit just to be outraged – they did with the pile of bricks at the Tate. How dare they expect us to take these exhibits seriously? Who needs to pay £8 to exercise their imagination? Well written, well said. :)

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks! Off to the learn that new skill now ;)

      2 years ago
      • Karen Taylor
        Karen TaylorSupporter said:

        Eek, can see my spelling is a bit off this morning…. :(

        2 years ago
      • Writer no longer with us said:

        Bon chance! :)

        2 years ago
  9. pollykins said:

    Well put.
    I wonder whether any of the ‘works of art’ will be for sale and if so how many thousands of pounds will they cost!

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks, Pollykins. Priceless, eh! :)

      2 years ago
  10. Georgie C
    Georgie C said:

    This sort of thing just takes the cake :(

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Tell me about it, Georgie :(

      2 years ago
  11. little voice
    little voice said:

    Nice one :-)

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Thanks — a little voice of reason :)

      2 years ago
  12. Missy Helen
    Missy HelenSupporter said:

    I tweeted the link to this exhebition a week or so ago with the text~Invisible Art or Taking The Piss~~I enjoyed your poem and of course if we dont understand the art then it is our fault. Below this comment I have written An invisible poem, I hope you enjoy.
    The Invisible Poem
    .
    .
    .
    The End

    2 years ago
  13. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    I thought this poem might appeal to you — although there are, possibly, too many words in it. Your masterpiece — The Invisible Poem — is, of course sublime :D

    2 years ago
  14. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    Thanks for the Invisible Ink, Beano :)

    2 years ago
  15. AGStokes
    AGStokes said:

    Haaha, great, although the supreme irony is, that the blank canvas’ were designed to inspire art. And they have, albeit out of resentment.

    2 years ago
  16. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    I know….annoying!!!

    2 years ago
  17. Sandra Baynton
    Sandra BayntonSupporter said:

    Well pointed out, and well put together. Of course, the saddest thing is, there will be the `in` people who will believe all that is said and go along with it, just to be `in trend`. Lots of sheep in life!

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Good news is that there are a lot of people who aren’t sheep. Thanks Sandra :)

      2 years ago
  18. Herbie Cax
    Herbie CaxSupporter said:

    Your last line sums up the exhibition perfectly! Fun poem :)

    2 years ago
  19. ExplodingHead8

    Can it be called art? Loved this, totally agreed.

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Cheers, Exploding Head8 :)

      2 years ago
  20. L E Bojkovic
    L E BojkovicSupporter said:

    Note: This comment is in invisible ink. Breathe on screen to read.

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      HaHa, just breathed on the photo — you’re still invisible Lawrence ;) Thanks, also, for the ink pot — that is very visible and appreciated. :)

      2 years ago
  21. justa335
    justa335 said:

    :) Bravo, Karen! Allow me to add John Cage’s 4’33″ to this list – a musical work which is, you guessed it, four and a half minutes of silence :(

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      What’s the matter with these people! And, from reading your comment and those of others, even the concept of invisibility is cliched. :D

      2 years ago
  22. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    Thanks for the ink, Terri :D

    2 years ago
  23. BobbyStevenson
    BobbyStevensonSupporter said:

    Karen, I was talking about this only yesterday – it annoys me that people can be so gulible, by the way here is my ‘Vision of The Invisible Future’ drawn below:

    So what do you think, Karen? I think I encompass the grief that is the human soul.
    An ink pot for putting it all in a smashing poem, Karen. x

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Bobby, epic poem. Your use of no words speak volumes. Now bring on the dancing pixies… ;) Thanks v much for the visible ink too :)

      2 years ago
  24. H.S.Pattison said:

    I’ve not heard of this exhibition. I’m intrigued. I might not go and see it.

    I was also reminded of the John Cage piece, but Justa335 got there before me. This is not being played at the Proms this summer, so you can go along and not hear it if you like. It only costs a fiver, which sounds a bargain compared to this exhibition. H

    2 years ago
    • Karen Taylor
      Karen TaylorSupporter said:

      Hi Howard, I’m beginning to feel very uncultured for not knowing the seminal John Cage piece. It’s obviously a well-known non-work of some genius. I may well go along and not hear it. But not today…. K ;)

      2 years ago
  25. Suzywordmuse
    Suzywordmuse said:

    Great poem! I think it’s what they call money for nothing! Something most of us would never get away with!

    2 years ago
  26. Karen Taylor
    Karen TaylorSupporter said:

    Thank you. Never got around to seeing nothing at the gallery. Best £8 I’ve never spent :)

    2 years ago
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