Painters, when you attend an indoor multi-media art show, do you pay attention to the sculptures on the pedestals? Or are you like me and only spend time with the wall art?
I know that I am guilty of not taking the time to appreciate my fellow sculpture artists. If the exhibition venue is crowded with people, it is easy to over look the sculpture pieces. Sometimes I don’t see them because they are below my eye level, but that is not a good excuse.
In the spirit of wanting to better appreciate sculpture, I recently attended an internationally recognized sculpture art fair in Loveland, CO, which is a two hours from my home. For 32 years, the Sculpture in the Park event has celebrated and showcased sculpture. As a ten year resident of Colorado, I know I have been remiss in not attending this spectacular show.
[By the way, Loveland, CO, is known for its foundries and huge public art program. Over 140 sculptures surround Benson Lake. If you are touring the area, I highly recommend a stroll around the lake and park.]
Seeing what 150+ artists can do with: metal, clay, glass, paper, bronze, paint, stone, wire, plastic, feathers, leather and wood was inspiring. It made me think more about what I could do differently with the media I work in. For this show, I did something a little different. Consciously, I took note of what attracted me and what did not.
After about 20 minutes of perusing a variety of sculptures, I realized that I was most fascinated by those sculpture artists who used mixed media and those pieces that were more abstract. I also wanted to find art pieces that expressed humor, joy and/or intrigue. Interestingly, there were very few of these. The more traditional work did not interest me at all, which kind of surprised me. I adored these abstracted rabbits below.
I enjoyed this artistic diversion because I am in a transition with my art. By this I mean, I am trying out different techniques and attending workshops unlike any that I have attended previously. Seeing and experiencing three-dimensional art was motivating. They demonstrated all kinds of possibilities which was timely for me.
It also got me to start thinking more about their artistic process. Creating sculptures has to be quite different than my process. Hence, I decided that I will seek out opportunities to visit a few sculpture studios as well as a foundry. A fun activity to put on my bucket list!
Before I went to the fair, I asked a couple of fellow painters to join me. One said, “It’s not my thing,” another said, “Why would I do that?” whereas a couple of other painters thought it was a grand idea and wished they could come along.
These various responses got me pondering, “How well do we artists support each other of different art forms?” True, we all have our preferences. However, do we think about how we might be missing out on inspiration we could glean from artists who create quite differently from our own? I am certainly glad that I made the effort to attend this show.
How do you approach an art fair? Do you have something in mind you want to see? Do you ‘just go with the flow’ to see what nibbles your fancy?
Or do you try to step back and make some overall observations about the work you are attracted to? Or notice some artistic trends?
Attending an art show can eye opener, a source of inspiration, a place to support artists, and an opportunity to add a piece of inspiration to your home or office.
What art show have you attended lately and what did you discover about yourself?
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