Starting this month, Linden Hall Studio is setting up a community blog – an online forum, for anyone to submit a piece of original writing on any arts related subject they feel compelled to write about. We are open to all ideas, so I very much hope to hear from many of you.
For me, as an appreciator and admirer of the visual arts – the September show here at Linden Hall Studio has been a fantastic insight into how the viewer goes about building a relationship with the work before them. It is at its very core, an exhibition about relationships – the shows title “Two Painters and a Potter” makes no false pretences about what the exhibition entails, it is, as they say, exactly what it says on the tin; a collection of works exhibited by three artists – two painters and a solo potter. They had never shown as a trio before, yet coming together for a singular month long exhibition has been a huge success – with artists and admirers alike, coming great distances to view this exhibition. Each visitor taking their time to explore each nuance of the show, come to terms with the different dynamics on display, and figure out on their own what works for them, what doesn’t, and perhaps discover a little something about themselves along the way.
I said earlier that I felt that over the course of the exhibition the show had become an exhibition about relationships, the relationship between the artist and his work, the relationship between the different aspects of each piece working together, the relationship between the artists and themselves and of course how the viewer connects with the exhibition as a whole. This show has drawn people in, in turn taken them to places they feel comfortable, whilst at the same time challenged the norms of what they may usually like to view, given them a variety of styles, subject matter and media. Everything is not going to be for everyone, but that makes the life long journey we all take with the arts such an exciting one. With every new exhibition, every new piece of art we see, piece of theatre we watch, song we listen to; the scope of our understanding about our place here on earth will get slightly clearer, as we are pushed and pulled along the way – slowly coming closer to finding out what it means to be human. These reactions, of loving this or hating that are all equal in the sphere of admiration, the overall extremities of emotion don’t matter – the work before you is making you feel, creating a thought process, catalysing a chain of debate and starting a dialogue with oneself about contemporary art in all its forms. Thus for me, this exhibition of painting and pottery is just that, a great exhibition; which all involved, should be incredibly proud of.