A visit to the Dale Chihuly gardens is like candy for your eyes and soul. His work captures the fluidity and beautiful refractory qualities of glass which are normally only experienced by the artist working in the hot shop. Now frozen in time you can still envision the movement of the molten honey as it was being worked and heated in the studio.
The tour begins with a black and white installation, with a cavernous feel of being underwater in deep depths of the ocean catching glimpses of snake like creatures swaying in the currents while holding on to the floor.
As an artists I tend to wander through a gallery more than once, first just experiencing what I am seeing and feeling, I don't read any of the information, I want my own experience. The second time I will read the information, and then start to consider all aspects of how the exhibit is put together, how did they place that, what is it sitting on, where are lights coming from, how well or unwell lit is the piece, is there more than one way to look at this. What height is it displayed at. Often the gallery directs where they want the viewer to look at something from but with the Chihuly exhibit I found a lot of other vantage points provided many more interesting perspectives to view the pieces from. The reflections and angles where huge! A significant number of pieces were suspended or displayed on black glass (i think). I have one small element I found distracting, the seams in the glass placed underneath the pieces, it would have been so much more wonderful to have one solid piece of glass.
The theatre where there are videos to watch, should have some kind of information that there is more than one video, or a coming up next tag after each short video. Most people didn't realize there were I think 5 different videos they could watch about different time periods and events.
This is all information I write down after a visit to a gallery/exhibition/show, to use and influence my own decisions with my own body of work.
While in school at Sheridan College of Art and Design and Alberta College of Art and Design I had the luxury of taking hot glass classes and thoroughly loved it.
As a ceramics artist I am always striving to capture the essence of the movement I get to experience with the medium when I am working with it, the flow and spirit, that is only seen by the maker.
So my advice the next time you attend a show, first walk through and experience it for yourself, then go back and do it over again and maybe even a third time. Take your time, stop and consider how you are responding to the work.
Our lives are enriched by art in so many ways, this same weekend I went to the Emerald City Comicon, what a thrilling experience, with so many writers and artists to talk to about their work and influences. but that will be in another post....
cheers, happy creating