I am interested in the value art brings to life and how people react. My blog is about observations—today and over the years—of viewers before works of art. When I am moved by a particular work and/or its creator, it is even more fun to observe others experiencing the same thing. All the works of art I reference are real. The people and their comments, may be real or imagined.
I believe art is a sounding board for public and private expressions on a range of subjects like identity, history, religion and culture. Art has value both in the marketplace and in the heart and mind, collectively and individually.
I’m a fan of the audience and their expressions. After all, what matters the most, art or the people?
In any work, there is detail and then there is the whole. From that stems a host of reactions. It is a wonder to me how viewers interpret art or don’t. I listen as people do this. Sometimes I imagine what they might say.
The facts in my blogging depend on how much reporting I am able to do. I don’t presume to speak for any artists and what they might intend. However, I take into account what is said about the artist.
For example, Pierre Bonnard is quoted as saying or writing, “I am trying to do what I have never done, give the impression one has just entered a room; one sees everything and at the same time nothing.” At a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit of Bonnard’s still life paintings in 2009, I found his words rang true as viewer after viewer waltzed through the Lehman galleries. It was as if they knew and didn’t have to look, as if everything belonged together—patrons, the works and the artist. Yet, the observers pondered endlessly over details of Bonnard’s disarrayed tables, trying to see every single thing as if they couldn’t see anything.
Occasionally, I’ll engage a viewer or viewers and ask what they see or feel. I hope I’m always respectful to both artist and viewer.