Apologies for the delay. I promised to have something really fantastically insightful for you up sometime this weekend, and suffice to say, this did not happen. So I don’t know if this entry is going to be awesome or insightful, I just know that I have to do it. A plus, I’ve got a lovely entry based off of today’s lecture that I cannot wait to post tomorrow. But for now, reflections of the weekend. We had to write a painting review for class today, reflecting specifically on either a talk by Ben Reeves or a gallery exhibition by Andrea Mortson. I was at a complete loss of what on earth to write about. My brilliant, art-history-masters-program accepted roommate, however, polished off a great little review about the technique of thin application of paint in Mortson’s works. I, on the other hand, felt as though it would be torturous to get a few words out, and whether or not they were good words was to the mercy of Gemey. Sometimes I wonder how art critics do it. I went to the Owens and was there for close to an hour, just looking at these paintings and thinking lots of different thoughts associated with each one. But when it came down to analyzing or critiquing the subject of painting, I didn’t even know which way to look! Was I supposed to be speaking about the application of paint or the subjects in the paintings? Colours used? How the painting made me feel? The possibilities were so varied! I ended up writing about how the paintings made me feel, but the technical aspects of the art were lost on me. I love art but perhaps I wouldn’t make a very good critic or art historian. A patron of the arts perhaps? To me, what I take away from most works is not technical but how I felt. Was my first reaction “That’s cool/scary/weird/awesome” or was it “That’s bad/sloppy/messy/poor quality?” I feel like I have not been immersed long enough in the art world to begin passing judgements on the quality of work. Perhaps, like anything, it simply takes practice. Until then, I suppose I’ll be content with personal reactions and reflections.
That’s all for tonight!