Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ART APPRECIATION: ART BASEL'14

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photos taken and edited by me

It's currently summer and i'm trying to get back on the ball with posting, and so here is the long overdue post of my experience during the Art Basel 2014 show in HK:

Walking into the show for the first time was overwhelming, to say the least, with pieces in all sizes and shapes making use of every corner and space, all asking for attention. Apart from the size and number of the pieces, the details that revealed just how much work and dedication was put into each and every one of them also took me aback (i.e. the artist who hung calendars across one wall described the major events that happened every month of 20+years through his drawings). Dedication and quality aside, it was also interesting to hear amidst conversations I picked up on walking into the show from the crowd, about how some pieces of art were viewed as less qualified than others, and how "anything can be called art these days". These conversations were intriguing but also biased, and made me wonder what qualifies art - is it the skill, the aesthetics, the meaning, or the overall feeling/quality? Maybe anything can be art if one values it enough to call it that, because a large colored dot on a canvas appeals to me in its simplicity and tranquility, but can simply be labeled as trivial by another individual. And to a budding artist (or so I call myself) like me, it is fascinating to see in the flesh, art pieces that defy what I have been exposed to thus far - art that is unconventional and moves away from just prints on the canvas. 

Following this gratifying experience, I hope to attend a show of this scale again and to be inspired just by observing art and the crowd around it. I hope you enjoyed the snippets I took from the show, and feel the motivation to attend art shows like this to open yourself up to all the different forms of art.

Until next time,
Pearl.

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