Before going to the gallery, I expected to see a bunch of paintings of nature scenes and maybe a couple of portraits. This is a misconception about art in our society today. A lot of people nowadays think that art still conforms to the Classical or Renaissance style, but in reality there are many forward thinking artists that are unconventional and are not afraid to make a bold expression in their art. My partner and I saw art that really made you think about what was going through the artist 's head while creating the piece, something that you do not necessarily think about while viewing conventional art, such as a painting of a forest or portrait. All of the artwork that we saw was created in 2016, a day in age that encourages free thinking, which I think helps foster a more abstract approach to art.
The first piece we saw was a sculpture by Robbie Barber, called Wild Hair. This sculpture was created in 2016 and is made from cast iron and paint. The sculpture is of a man with an odd grin on his face and all sorts of spikes and loops coming out of his head. He has bushy eyebrows and plugs in his nose. There are also markings scratched into his torso, such as a picture of a boat and a game of tic-tac-toe. Personally, I liked the piece, and I felt that the spikes and loops were possibly a representation of someone who had just woken up and...
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...y a heart that was turned upside down by someone. I think that the stick with the nails coming out of it could represent a weapon of sorts, and shows his hatred now that his heart is broken. My partner also thinks that the man could be heartbroken and that is why he is made out of metal.
In conclusion, I think that my expectations of the art that I was going to view was totally wrong. The artwork was a much different style than I was expecting. Usually when you think about art that is being displayed in a gallery, you think of the Mona Lisa or a bust of Julius Caesar. In this case, it was artwork that forced you to think out of the box and stretch your imagination. I have gained a whole new appreciation for non-conventional art pieces, and definitely plan on stopping by the gallery a few more times to think about some more of the creations that they have on display.
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