I attended multiple art galleries for the Alfred Art Walk show. It was a reminder of how subjective art can be. My reaction is not the definitive opinion on a piece of work. Everyone can look upon it and have different feelings. Some will dismiss it, or find a deeper meaning. Some are pretty straight forward or are confusing. I certainly had my fair share of opinions about the work presented.
In the Cohen Art Gallery, the art shown there was strange to say the least. On the walls I saw plates with pictures of all sorts of things on them. Some had pictures of food or inanimate objects. I even saw a spoon in dirt. I did not understand what the artist was going for with the plates. It just left me puzzled. There was also two rugs hug up on the wall. It was a picture of some sort of room. One seemed to be a positive and a negative of a photo. This was the only one I thought was interesting. As I proceeded, I went into another area with paintings. I think they were paintings. It looked liked that oil pastels were used to create them. The pictures were abstract. They used a variety of color. shapes, and patterns.
Another gallery I attended was Gifts of Distinction. This exhibit was more straight forward. It displayed cups, carpets, and paintings. The paintings were traditional. What I mean by that is it nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing abstracted. Some were landscapes and pictures of boats on the water. The cups on display, I could tell, were all individually made different from one another. Each had a unique design. What really stood out here was these pictures of houses. They were cross hatched on pieces of paper. The attention to detail was astonishing. They looked photo realistic.
The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum had some interesting pieces of art. It had sculptures on display. Some were abstracted or easily understood. There were a few, in particular, that stood out to me. One was this series of metal chains together that looked like a cat’s bed. They were even colored too. Another art piece was what looked like a head of a shovel. It was rough, banged up, and pieces were missing. What made it so unusual was how big it was. It was like what a giant would use.