It was interesting to notice how differently the eye and the camera saw things: for example the overall composition of Tremor, below, is much easier to read in a photograph than by the human eye. I prefer the ambiguity of looking at it in real life as it does seem to move.
Composition with Circles 4 is massive, stretching the length of a long wall and combining stimulation for the eye as well as being extremely elegant.
The exhibition displays Continuum, the only three dimensional piece Bridget Riley produced which is a spiral you walk into. She decided after this to focus on two dimensions where the viewer is absorbed by looking rather than physically surrounded. Here are a couple of images taken from inside the piece.
When she moved onto colour things got even more interesting. Look at how the colours, soft and subtle from a distance, are actually really bright, even garish close-up – endlessly absorbing.
I did feel a bit sorry for the gallery invigilators as some of these pieces can induce a feeling of instability, even nausea, if looked at for too long at any one time. More in my next post.