Monday, 15 June 2015
Jeff Koons in Hydra Harbour
Well not Mr. Koons himself, but his eye-confusing art work that decorates the hull of contemporary art collector, Dakis Joannou's yacht, Guilty. Describing his unusual vessel, Mr Joannou is quoted saying "We did what we wanted; style was irrelevant." If Art is meant to make one look again and ponder, this piece fulfils the criteria. The design takes its inspiration from a WW1 British Naval camouflage technique which aimed to confuse rather than conceal. I'd like to see Guilty moored in a calm bay as I'm sure the design reflected in glass-smooth turquoise water would be quite spectacular.
When I first caught sight of this yacht a couple of years ago, I recoiled in horror but as with many of Jeff Koons' pieces, familiarity is breeding acceptance and the beginnings of admiration.