So I went to the National Gallery to see the Soundscapes exhibition. I’d heard a lot about this exhibition and I thought that the concept was great, but was interested to find out for myself.
So the way it was set up was that each room had a single painting together with the artist’s sound work for that painting. There were 6 actual pieces and a film about the overall concept where the artists talked about there work and how it had come about.
I think that the idea, the concept, and the process was great, but sadly more successful than the overall result. A couple of the pieces worked well but on the whole I didn’t think it was all it could have been, which was a shame really.
I’m glad that they try these things out though. That’s what’s important really.
I visited this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery a couple of weeks ago. Whilst I don’t know a lot about Morris I do like the work I’ve seen so I was really looking forward to seeing something more and learning about him. However, I was a bit disappointed really. Firstly it was quite a small exhibition, and for £12 I did expect a bit more. Secondly, the exhibition was much more about his influence in political and artistic circles rather than being about him.
Don’t get me wrong, it was good, for what it was, but it wasn’t really what I had expected or envisaged. A bit of a shame really.
I do like the National Portrait Gallery. They have some really excellent pieces and they put on interesting exhibitions. The BP Portrait Award is just one. I went this year and on the whole really liked the entries although I’m not sure I completely agreed with the ones that won, but that is of course just a matter of opinion.
I do like portraiture, but often I prefer prefer portraits which don’t immediately seem to be portraits. Some of the paintings in the BP Award were like that, and those were the ones I enjoyed the most.
It’s interesting to see how the idea of the portrait is developing and moving forward, not that I know a huge amount about art or art theory or stuff like that. But I do know that I’ve seen a change in this sort of award / exhibition over the time I’ve been going to the National Portrait Gallery, which is more than 20 years now. As with all art forms it’s evolving and changing, and that’s to be expected.
A friend recommended this to me so as I was in London a couple of weeks ago I decided to make the effort to go and see it, especially as it was due to finish in a couple of days (it is finished now by the way).
Well, I’m glad that I did make the effort. It was very good indeed and was in fact quite thought provoking, especially in the area of how music had a very specific social and cultural dimension to it. It made me think about how we use music socially (which of course in itself means something different) and culturally now, which is quite an interesting topic to ponder on.
I’m not sure I have any answers or even conclusions, but the Vermeer and Music was worth seeing.
Having actually been to Pompeii a few years ago I thought that this would be a really good exhibition to visit. It was, but it wasn’t quite what I’d expected to be honest. That’s not to say that it wasn’t worth going to. Not at all, but I expected a more interactive exhibition.
Nevertheless I’m glad I went. It brought back loads of memories of Pompeii.
Last Saturday was an awesome day for a wide variety of reasons. The company of Mr Miki Strange. It was great to meet him after all these years online and equally great to share two exhibitions I really wanted to see with him.
Miki has posted his views of the day here and here, and I don’t think I can put down my thoughts in a more concise manner than that to be honest.