Today I went to the Tate Modern to see the exhibitions that were on and I also went to see the World Goes Pop. I found a lot of pieces that i absolutely loved, but they were also a few that i didn't understand or wasn't very fond of.
One of the pieces which i saw and could really relate to my week in Fine Art was the Spacial Concept Waiting by Lucio Fontana. In this piece he slashed the canvas in the middle. He invites the viewer to look into the gap formed by the hash, but only to find that there is really nothing in there. In this piece Fontana teases the brain and glorifies the anarchic act of violence against nothingness. He challenges our principles of what art really is. I feel like this is very similar to what we have been doing in class by subverting the objects and making them into art, therefore expanding boundaries of what art really is all about.
I have spent some time standing in front of this piece and thinking about how Fontana really is playing with our thoughts and ideas. It made me think to myself whether or not i would consider this as art and if i think it should be put up in the gallery, or this piece has just been given a meaning it didn't intend to have. I didn't come to a conclusion because everything in art is fairly subjective, and to a certain extent i would agree that this is a piece of art since it had had an effect on me.
Another painting which i really enjoyed, which also made me question whether i think it is art or not, was the Condensation Cube by Hans Haacke. In this piece he took a glass cube and poured some water into it, and judging by the place where it was in, the water inside the cube would react to the environment in a different way. Therefore the work's appearance depends upon the environment in which it is placed. I really like the idea that nature in a way is creating art within the man made world. I think this piece also questions what art really is all about
I also saw work by Richard Hamilton and his work concerning the psychological stereotype of women being associated with cars. In one of the pieces he only depicts certain parts ow the woman's body, like her lips and her silhouette, and leaves everything else blank. I really enjoyed this painting as it touched the topic of advertisement and women being used to sell things for men
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