WEEK 2: View art in person
These days, much art viewing occurs online. This makes sense in one way– the internet offers potentially global reach to virtually every artist. You can Google “Gerhard Richter” and see almost his entire catalogue instantly.
Despite this wide accessibility and the fact that the internet is an incredible tool for artists, there are also drawbacks to viewing art online. For one, the presence of a work is entirely eliminated when viewing it in JPG format. Viewing artworks online is viewing a representation of them, a much different experience from viewing the work in person.
Subtle nuances, brush strokes, medium, materials, and installation are just a few things that you get to take in when viewing a work of art in person. I would venture to say it is an entirely different and overall better experience to view a work of art properly installed in a gallery or museum, and should be chosen over viewing online whenever possible.
As I firmly believe that viewing artwork in person is a much better learning experience, I recommend visiting a gallery or museum. Take your time and closely look at each piece. Learn what you can from every aspect of your visit and viewing, paying attention to as many details as possible. How do other artist’s works compare to your own? How are other works of art installed compared to how you show your work? How about framing and presentation?
Project for the week: visit a museum or gallery. Take your time, consider the questions above, and enjoy the experience!
In case you missed it, check out the week 1 project: contacting artists you admire.
Image by Nick Winchester