In mid December 2014 I visited York, U.K. and had the chance to see two contemporary-art exhibitions. Before I continue I have to explain the following: When it comes to me and modern-art you have to know that I have honestly no clue about it, and often do not care too much about it either. Well, the latter is actually not true. Rather, it is complicated. While I actually can connect aesthetically to a lot of modern art (I, for instance, really like Millennium Park in Chicago, IL), I usually do not understand its language, I have no ready access to its ontology. Yes, I could do something about this lack, but until recently it had not been high up on my priority list. However, when I got the chance to visit AND discuss contemporary-art exhibitions in York, U.K., I embraced the opportunity. I liked the idea of letting go, of experiencing something that I most certainly was not able to decipher. In other words I was going to be a barbarian who did not really understand what he was exposed to, and, in spirit of Pirsig, whenever you do not understand you can learn something new. I am all about growing and changing. So, this blog post is about new experiences, new views, about growing, about fumbling around in a realm where you do not have your usual command about semantics and ontology, and it is also about travelling.
Justin McKeown (thanks!) contacted Charlotte Salt from Salt & Powell for me, and the exhibitions were opened exclusively to me (thanks!). I had thus ample time to stroll around. It was a great opportunity.
The exhibitions on display were Click + Spill and New Glue. Click + Spill featured the work of “established” local but also international artists, while New Glue featured the work of 2nd-year fine-arts students at York St. John University. I’ll discuss the two exhibitions in exactly that order. Continue reading