Gone are the days when you could assume that an art exhibition would consist of a room with paintings hung on the walls, sculptures poised neatly on well-placed plinths, or moving images traced across a screen. The Hayward Gallery in London have taken a step toward the inconceivable and launched 'Art about The Unseen 1957 - 2012,' specifically for people that want to pay 8 pounds for a gallery full of nothing; art that the punters can't actually see.
Of course, the unusual exhibition will attract its fair share of naysayers, branding it as nonsense and, most probably a waste of money. The Guardian, however, found the exhibition unexpectedly moving, especially one of its central pieces, The Ghost of James Lee Byars. The piece consists of "no more than its six word title and a darkened room." Proof that just six words can create a sense of fear in those that are visiting the exhibition, The Guardian insist that in that darkened room, "the atmosphere is palpable" and "six words are enough to tell a hell of a ghost story," it would seem.
Trying not to take itself too seriously, it would appear, Art about the Unseen is described as a "seriously brilliant jest." On a more serious note, though, the vacant spaces intends to encourage those attending the exhibition to use their imagination, filling the void created by the pieces' titles, but left empty by the lack of physical art. Damien Hirst, of course, will be kicking himself. He could have saved himself a lot of money if he'd just thought ahead and made an invisible, diamond-encrusted skull.