Before going to see Michelangelo Pistoletto's show entitled The Mirror of Judgement at the Serpentine Gallery, I will admit I did not know his work, but was intrigued by images of work and the intrinsically sculptural quality of his work.
On entering the exhibition space, I was confronted with a labyrinth of cardboard. Cardboard weaves in and out of the exhibtion rooms. Walls seem impervious and invisible, the space becomes one long space in which I snake through. The cardboard leads you to small intimate spaces where you are faced with objects to contemplate. In one space I was faced with myself, in the form of a mirror. This is meant to provoke a reflection upon reality. I don't think this aspect of the work particularly worked. When confronted with myself, I do not see society, I see myself, bedraggled. Other objects worked much better I thought. There were references to Buddhism, the landscape and machinery. I think due to the nature of these objects, I was able to associate them more with society; as these objects were more symbolic with their references to religion, consumerism, labour and the environment.
This exhibition felt calm and contemplative. The show was to be experienced, to be absorbed slowly and peacefully. The content and associations made were therefore, poignant and long lasting. The subtlety and simplicity of the show was its strongest attribute and made a considerable impression.