1. As you approach the AGO, and are standing at the corner of McCaul & Dundas, you will see a sculpture outside the AGO.
(a) What is your initial reaction upon seeing this piece?
I didn’t have a very clear initial reaction because I was hit with confusion and a bit of shock, mainly due to the fact that I don’t critique art a lot. I didn’t really like this piece as it didn’t really dazzle me like I saw art dazzle the people that viewed it on tv. It didn’t have that wow effect nor did it evoke any strong emotions out me. As I was moved closer to examine it in more detail, I realised that it was two separate shapes that basically fit together the closer you moved. It looked like a big rock and rocks don’t really represent much in my opinion. Maybe it represents an obstacle in nature that ...view middle of the document...
I couldn’t find myself to come to really study or appreciate this because I wasn’t initial impressed by the work.
(c) Now walk around the work and touch it. Has your reaction to this work changed from touching it?
When I walked around the work and touched the sculpture, my view on it stayed the same although I liked how it felt. I expected the sculpture to be hollow and light, but as I touched it, I noticed it had solid ceramic texture. I appreciated the time and effort spent of making the art piece, but I didn’t feel a connection, spark, or emotion.
(d) NOW read the title of the piece and the name of the artist. Do you believe the piece is appropriately titled? Why or why not? Do you recognize the name of the artist? Does this change your reaction?
I think the title “large two forms” is bang on for this piece. It has two separate parts that are large. I like how this title is physically accurate because a lot of art titles tend to be mysterious and vague to evoke different emotions in the audience. I didn’t recognize the artist, but rifat and the other guys said he was really famous. The fact that my friends recognize the artist actually did change my view because he is considered as a talented artist and It reassures me that this guy knows what he is doing. His experience made me feel I need to dig deeper and try and find meaning in the artwork because everyone else was seeing what the artist may have been trying to evoke. I was being a bit ignorant and dismissive because the art didn’t fit into my framework of art.
(e) Do you believe that having possible varied responses to this work is a weakness or strength?
It is a definite strength because differences in opinions open up an opportunity to educate one another. As long as people can respectfully express their opinions, we all learn a lot from the good dialogue differences in opinions bring.