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See Art (curated by Derek Zietsman)23 June 2017 to 19 July 2017
SEE ART explores the symbiotic relationship between the contemporary artist (art-maker) and the viewer (art-consumer). The exhibition focuses particularly on the concept of visual literacy and the dialogue between artistic ‘intention’ and viewer ‘understanding’ of art. Researchers found the average person spends just 17 seconds looking at an artwork in a gallery or museum. However, this exhibition argues that to understand an artwork requires of the viewer to slow down and take sufficient time to see the art in the work. Understanding an artwork is a complex process.
SEE ART explores how the artists structure dialogues between themselves and their viewers when creating an artwork. The artist has available various tools, materials, processes etc. in their art-making ‘alphabet’ when they create works. The exhibition highlights how each artist structures visual texts that are unique to themselves, like fingerprints, or handwriting. The alphabet of art-making has many components, inter alia, colour; mark-making; shapes; use of positive and negative space; texture; balance; emphasis; harmony; movement; proportion; rhythm; etc. The imagery, i.e. the visual text, in each artwork represents the unique story the artist presents for the viewer.