Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Viewer Positioning (an apology for the snot)
Artists, sculptors, painters and writers all make there work and then send it out there into the world in search of its true destiny, what many do not relise and are shocked to find out it would appear its that this is where they loose control of their work......the reading of it.
Take the pile of sculptures in Jon's sculpture....now i looked at it as his casts off, fallen out of love and left to age and grey over the seasons, a recent park visitor saw them of a reflection of too much hostility between men and women..., another accused him of hating woman. Jon tells me that that it is now one sculpture but does not elaborate on what it means (rather than the snot simile which upsets him,(sorry!))
Now my snot simile was flippant , a throw away line written in the heat of the moment, i watch him work and that's how i see things. I just as he cannot control how someone reads my work, if they don't get my jokes or they thing that references to snog abhorrent...so be it, theses are mere reflections of how i see my life around the park... oh and someone did say don't let the truth get in the way of a good story, so watch out for exaggerators!
So are we all clear? how you see a work of art is up to you.....now when you come and visit the sculpture park you won't find any interpretive signs explaining the concepts behind the park, now nice safe brass name tags because we want you to attribute your own thoughts to the works, some visitors love this and some visitors can't cope (there the ones scurrying away without talking, their senses overwhelmed!). Effectively Jon has been upset by his reading of my blog, his interpretation of my interpretation of his art...I am sure there is irony in there somewhere!