Keith Tyson’s work combines lunatic laboratory humour with screeds of information that stymie recollection. Everything is connected with everything, the artist suggests, and the role of the viewer is to forge the comic and complex links between the presented elements. The acquisition of ‘Large Field Array’ (2006) for the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, Denmark, came ahead of the Turner Prize-winning artist’s major exhibition at the museum. The subsequent exhibition, co-curated by Anders Kold of the Louisiana and Hendrik Driessen, later travelled to De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in the Netherlands. The title derives from Very Large Array (VLA), huge formations of telescopes in New Mexico, USA. The VLA focuses on one spot from myriad viewpoints to give a clearer picture of the universe. Tyson’s monumental modular work combines 230 sculptural forms into a single unit, functioning as an experiential lens on the world.
They range from hyper-real sculptures to residues or relics of physical processes, each sculpture connected to all the other works within the field, which comprises evolutionary data and social patterns, mathematical proofs, bizarre substances and cosmic structures.