Here is a wall from the Pinakotek Der Modern I want to share with you. It made me really pause. I thought we could go over it as “layman” together. I don’t have a an art degree so my opinion has no relevance but let’s work on these thoughts and feelings together. The first painting that caught my eye was this one below, I’ve already ranted about it.
What I like to spend some time looking at was the mess of this one above. Such a mess and some neat art effects. Also, another painting to wonder why it’s in a museum. But it’s an exercise in stretching my brain and something to contemplate.
The other two I didn’t think much about, just random marks and colors to look at and wonder, why??? I don’t get it.
This is how the wall appeared. The third one is the largest painting. The ones on the ends are smaller.
Far Left: Albisola Second: Lockung Third: Paradentoge de Adier Last: Brand
So I did my thing, ignoring the first painting, hating the second, enthralled by the third and dismissing the 4th. Then I decided to take notes on the artist for the 2 that had made me pause and guess what, it’s all the same artist. Anger Jorn. I haven’t seen any other people with a whole wall of their own art at the museum.
Are these paintings more special knowing they are from the same person? I suddenly wanted to know about this artist and I did some research when I got home. I find that interesting about art. It brings up so many questions and we want to know and understand WHY did this happen? What is this? What am I looking at? Is it to help me better segment this art into a box? Really, I’d like to feel smart about what I’m looking at. Why do others find this work so significant? If I’m going through all this trouble, going home and researching this artist after looking at his work for a few minutes, what does that have to say about the reaction he was able to illicit in me? Is that what art is all about? I think art is something that takes us out of our regular routine, out of our day.
I think artists go for different reactions. You don’t have to be repulsed or confused for it to be art. I think the fact that there is any kind of reaction is what makes something worth our time, something that makes us pause. Something that takes us out of our routine. I use art as a visual prompt for mindfulness. What were we just doing in the moment before we saw this piece? What was our thoughts on life before we saw a mess of color and lines in a museum?
I’m torn when I look at this wall. On one hand I feel like I’ll be fine as an artist. I’ve got skill. I can do this. On the other hand, I feel like I’m in the “Emperor’s New Clothes” story where I have to be profound and pretend that this art is deep and meaningful and relevant and super important and OF COURSE if I was a museum curator I would have selected this as fine art. I don’t know if I would have.
If you want to have a more fancy look at Asger Jorn. I found a 35 minute video on youtube with 3 researchers talking about this artist. It turns out he was greatly influenced by the war and reacting to that. Does his story and life experience make his art more relevant? He has some interesting art out there and fun hipster fact: He’s the one that started the thing of overpainting on art found in thrift stores/flee markets. The one I hate so much is a painting he found and painted over. You can see the other person’s signature. Interesting that I didn’t realize that at the museum. Have fun, be educated.