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Kiddos at An Exhibition (With a Wink to Mussorgsky)

 

Enlai and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Six Crimee, MOCA, Los Angeles

Enlai and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Six Crimee, MOCA, Los Angeles

 

When I stare at art, inhale it, listen to what it is trying to tell me — its yearnings; its desire to communicate a moment, a gesture, a history, a personal right or collective wrong, a colour which refuses to release it from captivity; its request to hold its hand for a time and then walk away, but to come back to it in the conscious or subconscious; its screams of everything erroneous and whispers of everything true; its need to punch me in the chest and kick me in my proverbial balls and occasionally apologise or guffaw; its insistence that I look at it with weary eyes that still seek; and its want, always its want — I feel alive. I feel fixed, as well as fixed to something so much greater than me – a beautiful monster that cradles me and makes me ask questions and release preconceived notions, makes me grateful for time and chances and senses, makes me empathetic to struggles and confinement and the human condition, makes me exult in the why and how and even the because, makes me ponder necessity. And contemplate filth and splendour and money and flesh.

My relationship with art is much deeper than appreciation. It is a reliance. While I don’t necessarily wish to pass this dependence on art to my sons Enlai and Lumen, I want them to be aware that art will not fail them. If humans disappoint them, if nature betrays them, if they are in need, there will always be art – there will be galleries, museums, books, graffiti, conversations, light, imagination. I have exposed both of them to art from a very young age. We have had some of our most profound minutes while viewing art together. The conversations I’ve had afterwards with my older son Enlai have lasted hours. Art created time for us.

And so we should create time for it.

 

Lumen and Pascale Marthine Tayou's Cotton Stick, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

Lumen and Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Cotton Stick, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

 

Enlai and Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass, LACMA, Los Angeles

Enlai and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, LACMA, Los Angeles

 

Lumen and Pauline Boudry's and Renate Lorenz's To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, Carroll Fletcher, London

Lumen and Pauline Boudry’s and Renate Lorenz’s To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, Carroll Fletcher, London

 

Enlai and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, The Louvre, Paris

Enlai and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, The Louvre, Paris

 

Lumen and I and Anish Kapoor's work, Lisson Gallery, London

Lumen and I and Anish Kapoor’s work, Lisson Gallery, London

 

Enlai and Claes Oldenburg works, MOCA, Los Angeles

Enlai and Claes Oldenburg works, MOCA, Los Angeles

 

Lumen and Sou Fujimoto's Summer Pavilion, Serptentine Gallery, London

Lumen and Sou Fujimoto’s Summer Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery, London

 

Enlai inside Anthony McCall's work, Ambika P3, London

Enlai inside Anthony McCall’s work, Ambika P3, London

 

Lumen and Tony Oursler's work, Lisson Gallery, London

Lumen and Tony Oursler’s work, Lisson Gallery, London

 

Enlai helping me with my installation p(urge)atory for ZAAT Mostra de Artes Visuais e Sonora exhibition, Lisbon

Enlai helping me with my installation p(urge)atory for ZAAT Mostra de Artes Visuais e Sonora exhibition, Lisbon

 

Enlai and Leon Golub's work, Serpentine Gallery, London

Enlai and Leon Golub’s work, Serpentine Gallery, London

 

Enlai and Lumen and Bill Woodrow's Elephant, Tate Britain, London

Enlai and Lumen and Bill Woodrow’s Elephant, Tate Britain, London

 

Enlai and Mark Rothko's Untitled (Black, Red over Black on Red), Centre Pompidou, Paris

Enlai and Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Black, Red over Black on Red), Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

Enlai and his mates and Damien Hirst's and Felix Gonzalez-Torres' works, Blain Southern, London

Enlai and his mates and Damien Hirst’s and Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ works, Blain Southern, London

 

Enlai and Lumen and Pezo von Ellrichshausen's Sensing Spaces installation, Royal Academy, London

Enlai and Lumen and Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Sensing Spaces installation, Royal Academy, London

 

Enlai and Tim Etchells' Personal Statement, Vitrine Gallery, London

Enlai and Tim Etchells’ Personal Statement, Vitrine Gallery, London

 

Lumen and I and Mark Boulos' Red Green Blue, Lisson Gallery, London

Lumen and I and Mark Boulos’ Red Green Blue, Lisson Gallery, London

 

Enlai and The Wapping Project works, London

Enlai and The Wapping Project works, London

 

Lumen and Gina Osterloh's The Implied Body, Nothing to See Here, There Never Was, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

Lumen and Gina Osterloh’s The Implied Body, Nothing to See Here, There Never Was, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Enlai and Jesús Rafael Soto's Penetrable in Neon Lime, LACMA, Los Angeles

Enlai and Jesús Rafael Soto’s Penetrable in Neon Lime, LACMA, Los Angeles

 

Enlai at Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Degree Show, 2011, London

Enlai at Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Degree Show, 2011, London

 

Lumen and I and Anish Kapoor's works, Lisson Gallery, London

Lumen and I and Anish Kapoor’s works, Lisson Gallery, London

 

Enlai and I and Doug Wheeler's RM 669, MOCA, Los Angeles

Enlai and I and Doug Wheeler’s RM 669, MOCA, Los Angeles

 

Lumen and Tatsuo Miyajima's works, Lisson Gallery, London

Lumen and Tatsuo Miyajima’s works, Lisson Gallery, London

 

Enlai and Mehmet Ali Uysal's work, Pi Artworks, London

Enlai and Mehmet Ali Uysal’s work, Pi Artworks, London

 

Lumen and I and Martin Creed's  Work No. 200 (Half the air in a given space), Hayward Gallery, London

Lumen and I and Martin Creed’s Work No. 200 (Half the air in a given space), Hayward Gallery, London

 

Enlai and Diébédo Francis Kéré's Sensing Spaces installation, Royal Academy, London

Enlai and Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Sensing Spaces installation, Royal Academy, London

 

Enlai and his mate and Martin Creed's Work No.732, Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Enlai and his mate and Martin Creed’s Work No.732, Frieze Sculpture Park, London

 

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