The light that Lucinda Devlin brought to my creative instinct was much needed. The reason we visited the Weatherspoon Art Museum was to learn how to critique a piece of art with the four steps of art critique.
As I strolled around the museum I landed in rooms full of drawings that had so many lines and minutes later after continuing to stare vigorously, the drawings became very stagnant with details and it was missing something, something that I couldn’t name in that moment. So, I kept walking. I saw a few sculptures, some canvas’ with vibrant colors and others with not so much color but then all of a sudden, I make a right turn and what seems to be like the biggest exhibition in the museum, suddenly turns into a tiniest intimate room with warm lighting and photographs that kept you intrigued for several amount of minutes (and I wish I was counting but, I didn’t think of time when staring at these photos.). Time didn’t exist here. Lucinda made me question my art. So, I do as all artist’s do and take pictures of these pictures so I can recreate these pictures. Just borrowing some ideas for later, you know?
Now, I would like to mention that I loved this exhibition, every single picture spoke to me and that feeling that I was missing when I was looking at the stagnant drawings, well I found it. I felt it when I first saw the image on the left: it was warm, I felt warm. Not the kind of warm you feel when you pee on yourself but the kind of warmth that you somehow just can’t describe because it’s just that good.
That image itself is aesthetically pleasing and then you add the pastel coloring and a slight amount of lilies in front of a beige colored wall. There’s also texture, lines and shapes. The way the picture is formatted gives your eyes just the right amount of visualization to allow fluidity and being able to capture all of the image. On the left side of the photo, there’s a sprinkle of a very light rose pink that slowly diminishes into a pure white when arriving to the right of the image. What is most intriguing is the way that this photo is put together: the chairs aren’t centered, actually all the chairs are all arranged very differently creating the illusion of actual movement behind the photographer. This brings in the title of the series that features this image, “Pleasure Grounds,” which I defined when looking at this photo-is a piece of area that stresses artistic elements over natural elements all for aesthetic purposes. The way the scene is set up is to look pleasing and to make your eyes move makes you acknowledge a sense of hierarchy of vision. This image is absolutely brilliant and those lines on the ground, they’re quite something.