Michelle, 16

Abstract and broad is an overview of what I experienced at the gallery, as these pieces of art were not what I expected at all. Each different gallery had their own sub-themes linking to the overall exhibition title. I thought that some pieces were too abstract to understand; I didn’t know why there was a dog looking animal with a fur blanket draped over its head and a plastic tarp covering its body. That was really weird. Even after looking in the information booklet, it was still unclear. Eventually I read online what the artist was trying to achieve and even so in my opinion, I didn’t think it was enough to call it art.

“ I didn’t know why there was a dog looking animal with a fur blanket draped over its head and a plastic tarp covering its body. Thats was weird.”

That said, I still enjoyed some pieces. One of which was the Mirror Head by Scott King. His “negation of intent” turns into an effortless piece that was not forced. Even though this is as simple as it can be, the outcome was just amazing. When you look into the mirror head, you see your reflection. I thought of it as a way of saying that anything can be art, as you don’t need to try to create something as beautiful as your own reflection. Another piece of work I admired was the Burnt Bridge by Marianne Vitale. It reminded me of that bridge in Burgess Park which is still closed, (I think?) My interpretation of it was that even though it was nearly burnt to a crisp, it was still intact and held its firm position. That made me really consider the meaning of it, as it stills grips on to dear life even though it is on its last legs. It is almost saying that it is important to have strong confidence with anything and to always put up a fight with any idea possible. Any problems that come your way won’t demolish the idea you have if you have your confidence to back it up.

Some negatives were that there was a very distinctive smell; it wasn’t pleasant and smelt almost like bleach. Also, you had to pay for a booklet about some of the pieces in each gallery, to get the artists’ opinions. Even with that information, it was still hard to grasp the meanings of some of the pieces. However, the trip in general was alright, some of the pieces I loved but some I hated, but I guess that’s with everything in life too.