Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)
London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this awesome installation using 12,000 cut steel botanical specimens modeled from old textbook illustrations, each embedded in a thin layer of sand. Upon first encountering the sprawling array of plants they appear to be completely black, thus the installation’s title: Blackfield. However when viewed from the opposite side, a field of black turns into a wall of color. We would love to encounter this first-hand. A circular version of Blackfield is currently on display at Artclub 1563 in Seoul through February 2012.