You might roll your eyes when your in-laws want to visit the art gallery. You might also get anxious and start thinking of things to say so you don't look dumb. But art doesn't have to be a chore. Here's how you can better consume art so you can have a shot at enjoying the experience.
Read the Explainers and Pay for Voice Guides
Whether it's a painting, recording, sculpture, building, or some other art form, a piece of art is the result of feelings from a certain time and place in history. Even just a brief explanation of that history empowers us, as an audience, to understand and empathize with artists more.
Pay Attention to Your Reactions: Consume Art Consciously and Mindfully
Think About Art: Ask Guiding Questions
Learn How People Make Art
You Might Eventually Even Like Art
Novice Art Blooger
For those that think art critics are stuffy and pretentious, you now have a solution: the Novice Art Blogger. Stripped of human feeling and perception, the Tumblr page created by the British-Colombian artist Matthew Plummer Fernandez uses deep learning algorithms to write about art.
The results are weirdly fascinating, more poetic than straight description. For example, here is what it churned out for an untitled work by Brice Marden, from 1971:
“Two urinals are in the corner of a building behind it or quite possibly a picture of a small public building. It could be related to a shadow on a brick wall lined with old toilets.”
But what seems like a joke is, according to the creator, a more honest way of writing about art. “I think there is a value in having a machine describe art without the burden of prior art knowledge, art history, trends, and favouritism,” he said in an interview with Dazed. “It makes us reflect on whether art should be able to stand on its own and elicit unaffected experiences of art, or whether to read art we need that cultural context and formative background, or a mix of both.”
While an art world completely populated by robots is appealing, I don’t think art critics should begin fearing for their jobs quite yet. You can read the rest of the reviews by the Novice Art Blogger here.
(Image: Brice Marden’s “Untitled,” 1971, via the Novice Art Blogger) & Vinod Dave