As you know, I recently visited Port Noarlunga. While I was there I thought I’d venture into their art gallery and have a look around.
The sign on the door said it was open on weekends if there were volunteers on hand to staff it. The door was open, we ventured in. It was tiny but quaint. It had a “small country town” feel – which I instantly loved.
This is the first piece that presented itself to me as I walked in.
My first reaction was “oooh look at the pretty colours” followed immediately by “mmm licorice”! There is something distinctly “candy-like” about them and I’m a sucker for sugary treats!
Considering them artistically, I thought they were quite simple at first but if I consider how I would create something like that they seem more complex and would require a more than “average” skill level. If you study them closely you will see that the “licorice strips” flow through the tangle – you can find the start and the end of each.
My friend Bel had an instant reaction of “nope, I don’t like that”. Her view was that the picture didn’t make sense and she didn’t perceive it to be art if the painting is not of something she could “understand” or identify with.
So that got me wondering – what do people base their likes and dislikes of art on?
For me, I have a few criteria:
- Could I create it?
- Level of difficulty/skill required to create it.
- Would I want to create it?
- Would I hang it in my home currently?
- Would I want to change my decor to suit the art simply so I could hang it?
- Do I like the subject matter? (eg how does it make me feel?)
So do I like this piece? I think it’s ok – I liked looking at it on the wall in the gallery and I liked that it started a conversation between Bel and I. I could appreciate the skill required to create it.
I think it would look good in a kids room or a lolly shop. The subject and colours are cheery which is a plus but no, I wouldn’t hang it in my home and I don’t believe I’d want to create it myself.
I don’t know who the artist is in this instance as we were quite limitied in our time there so I didn’t collect my usual information to credit. As it turns out the Centre was not open but was being used by some Christian performers practising for a show. Unfortunately their Christian charity did not extend to allowing us to be present while they were there (maybe because we declined an invitation to their performance later that evening in favour of Bel’s roast dinner…) So we were effectively “shushed” (in joke with Eve Yllanside!) and ejected from the premises…
Do you like the paintings? What is your evaluation criteria for art?
Click here for more info on the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre.
UPDATE: 7 March 2012
I was unable to get the artist’s details due to being rushed out. I’ve emailed the gallery so if I get a response I’ll update with the information to credit the artists.
I have been advised, via an email from the Arts Project Officer of the Noarlunga Council, that the artist is Jo Flynn.