So yesterday I got all “who am I kidding?” -suburban housewife writes about art- what a joke, but then I don’t profess to know what I am talking about so that’s ok….. I got onto this partly because I was considering going to a new gallery/studio “Manky Chops” and realised that it was probably not my best idea and that I have the street cred of a potato.
However that and other conversations did get me exploring the idea of how different art impacts differently on you and how part of this is being “of it” or not.
Examples – yesterday I read a story that I immediately identified with and it resonated (I think due to it being beautifully written). At the same time I was looking over some poetry that did not have the same resonance (a different frequency perhaps) but spoke sharp, cutting truths. Both works were wonderful but for completely different reasons. Also others who read the story just didn’t like it AT ALL. It made me look further and I found this great article by James Brown (the poet), who makes these comments.
“The two most revered New Zealand poets are probably Baxter and Curnow, and people tend to prefer one over the other. I used to be firmly in the Curnow camp…but the truth is in recent years I’ve found myself reading Curnow less and less, and now I think I’ve moved toward the Baxter camp…I don’t think Curnow’s poetry has aged as well as Baxter’s. Curnow is a high modernist, and his poetry seems trapped in that period, whereas Baxter’s later voice resonates better today…Curnow is probably New Zealand’s foremost technical practitioner…brutal, tactile and also deeply philosophical, this is not poetry for the people.”
Diversity it beautiful. I have no expectation that what I like (which is a pretty mixed bag) and what others like will be the same. We might connect in some areas, even be a similar ‘tribe’ but our views on occasion can be diametrically opposed.
Which is why some people like/buy Monet and some Duchamp. And why you don’t need to sound apologetic to say an artist “is not really to my taste” and also ok to understand a work and appreciate it on an academic and technical basis but hate it on a gut level. And why a “pick and mix” approach to life is probably ok too.
So to end today’s lecture some more stuff I like.