WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR, HOW TO APPRECIATE ART & ART GALLERY ETIQUETTE
Art is so subjective, that’s its beauty, and its floor. We all see the same work of art differently, appreciate different things, and draw our own conclusions from the work we are presented with. Don’t be afraid to have discussions with perfect strangers about the work you’re looking at, you’ll be amazed at how this can open your eyes to a new way of seeing, what you’ll learn from this person, and what they’ll learn from you. Some work will bore you, make you uncomfortable, make you question, but some will captivate you, draw you to it, and you’ll stand there for quite some time – all of life passing you by behind you – admiring it, working it out, and focussing on what drew you to it in the first place. Whenever I visit the Tate I find a new piece of work that excites me, something that ignites that artistic desire to just go and create, and I leave with a list of names of practitioners whose work I must find out more about. Don’t miss the work of Ellen Gallagher, one of my new discoveries, and also the work of Aldo Tambellini which completely transforms the exhibition space into a dark, immersive almost otherworldly experience. There’s more to art than appreciating the final piece, take note of the materials, the process, and on large scale works look at the smaller details – you’ll notice most people passing this by.