30 9 / 2012
Absence used in an observational and evaluative type of way is the missing perspective or latent content which is revealed when further examining something such as and picture of even pottery. Latent content viewed as reading against the grain, “reveals the prejudices or biases of the creators or demonstrates unconscious misgivings about the subjects”. Whilst viewing the Bevier Gallery and examining both the layout and the works done by Frans Wildenhain it was evident most works were significantly different from one another. Although I obtain little knowledge of Wildenhain and his works the question of why such a significant difference did occur to me. For example did the events and movements occurring around the world at the time and his own beliefs influence the design of each piece? In addition incomplete works lacked a detailed description of each piece in order to allow the viewer to form their own opinion without anything effecting it.
While visiting the gallery I took into account my own biases and preferences because I knew they would affect my view of the work significantly. First and foremost his works are mainly used as decorative pieces and I personally do not like objects having no current or historical use. I also have permanent dislike for most pottery because of my own personal reasons with someone I used to know.
The physical layout of the exhibit did have a flow but it was still a bit random allowing the visitor to freely experience it. This next observation shouldn’t truly effected my experience because I felt uncomfortable walking through the gallery because of how delicate each piece was. Although it was interesting I constantly felt I was going to knock something over which didn’t give me sufficient time to observe everything because I wanted to leave before I did. In addition the gallery did not evenly represent the works and it pulled me towards one side of the gallery more than the other.
Lastly I felt Bruce Austin’s idea of leaving the cards describing each piece as simple as possible was a great decision. The gallery has a very simple and clean feel to it and any pit of clutter, even words jumbled together, would have taken away from the pieces themselves.
23 9 / 2012
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