Cindy Sherman at City Gallery

Blog 1: Experiencing

It’s a little before 12 pm, I’ve made my way out of the City Gallery headed toward the City Sea Bridge and my thoughts are swimming in dopamine… Various aspects of the layout, feel and emotional tome of Cindy’s works are sticking in the back of my mind like tiny thorns that can be felt but not grasped.  Though not quite sure of what exactly I’ve just experienced, in this moment, I feel somewhat elated as if on the cusp of a great discovery.

 

Blog 2: Reflecting

What was significant about this moment on the bridge is that, of all the times I’ve come out any form of exhibition, I’ve only ever felt a sense of relief that the endless, meaningless wandering was over, or having taken nothing from the experience because it ended up “not being what I’d expected”.  On this occasion, thinking about what I’d just experienced was completely inevitable – this is more than likely due to the way I chose to go about engaging with the space and its contents.

I’ve come to realize that, exhibitions don’t just provide a space or a moment in which you are able to take in and analyze art, but rather open up an place where you get to see the world that lies outside your scope of vision and take part in it.

 

Blog 3: Linking to your discipline

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The wall, City Gallery, Wellington. Personal Photograph by author, 10 March 2017

 

I’m enrolled in Screen for my Studio class this semester.  The majority of or focus has been on Fundamental Design Principles.

The enormous mono-perspective, colour images in the foreground are juxtaposed with a multi-perspective, mono-chromatic background aid in forcing an almost tangible depth. The curve of the wall combined with the mirrored background, adds another dimension that physically draws you in.  The sheer scale of this installment forces you to surrender and engage with it on its terms.

The seven women are larger than life and are possible made to feel as though they had just walked out from the background to come and see us.  Their varied emotional and mental states seem depict various distresses that many women suffer with all their lives.

 

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A Hidden Depth, City Gallery, Wellington. Personal photograph by the author, 10 March 2017.

 

The point at which the background is mirrored creates something akin to a Rorschach ink blot test, allowing the viewer to both attribute a draw out their own meanings within the piece, whilst hinting at a hidden depth beyond its massive scale.

 


 

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