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Get misplaced within the myths and mazes of Massive Glass’s labyrinthine present

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Helen Mirra’s December (Pylos) (2018)
© Helen Mirra. Photograph Courtesy Louisa Buck

It could possibly be stated that the discombobulating labyrinth, mythically inhabited by the ravening minotaur, is an apt metaphor for our complicated and threatening instances. Actually mazes and matters-labyrinthine appear to be on the thoughts of many modern artists, as is abundantly confirmed by Within the Labyrinth, an elegantly curated combined present that opened on the Massive Glass Gallery on Caledonian Highway (till 5 April). Right here, works vary from Alice Channer’s whorled crushed skein of high-tech silver lamé wrapped round an ammonite fossil, to Helen Mirra’s woven wool-and-linen-work depicting patterns from an Historic Greek pill. Dorothy Cross gave us two hemispheres of a human skull, every lined with gold leaf and indented with the looped maze-like strains of the mind. 

However no exhibition on the topic can be full with out London’s maestro of the labyrinthine, Mark Wallinger, whose 270 labyrinth indicators are completely on show in each station throughout the underground community. Each Wallinger and his work had been very a lot in proof final evening with an enlarged model of his round labyrinth for Embankment underground station emblazoned throughout the gallery’s street-front window and inside, one other signal similar to the one put in on the Northern Line platform at Hampstead.

Charlotte Higgins with Louisa Buck
Photograph courtesy of Louisa Buck

Wallinger additionally options in Crimson Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths (2018), the richly erudite and compellingly private ebook by Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief tradition author, which supplied the preliminary inspiration for the Massive Glass present. Each tome and exhibition had been fulsomely toasted on the packed opening by an exuberant crowd together with the artists Fiona Banner, Grayson Perry, Jeff McMillan and the actress Diana Fast. For as Higgins herself declares, “there could also be terrors throughout the labyrinth however there may be additionally love.”

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