Context is everything
It was 7:51 a.m., on Friday, January 12, the middle of morning rush hour, New York. A onetime child prodigy, a musical genius, one of the best classical violinists of our time, set up to perform at a Metro station in Washington. In the 43 minutes that Joshua Bell played 6 classical pieces 1, 097 people passed by. From the number of people who passed by only 7 actually stopped to listen, and only 27 spared change for the performer who made a total of $32. Two weeks before, Bell had filled the house at Boston’s ‘Symphony Hall’ where good seats went for $100. Each passerby had a choice to make, did they have time for a “musical genius”? (1)
Bell had decided the context of his performance was to be set to an audience of random people, rather than, appreciative followers. This performance was brave, full of risk and potentially confidence breaking for Bell personally. The context of this performance was original and made it more powerful.
Context is everything? In this case above yes.
The context of art plays an essential role be it -
The more I explore context the more inclined I am to agree that context IS everything to the viewer of art. Context, however maybe less relevant to the artist.
We live in a world where our surroundings physical and social, influence nearly everything we do. Our creativity and the way we see things can also be affected. Why is it that art galleries are clinically white, large, open spaces that are usually quite. This simple, idyllic place is calming and enables the viewer to reflect and think deeply about the work they are viewing. Imagine an art gallery that is noisy, loud music blaring, purple walls and dully lit lights. How would an art viewer be able to interpret the real meaning of the piece of art work.
Lets start with the viewer of art. When I visited the Turner Prize at Tate Britain, 2009, the nominees were Lucy Skaer, Richard Wright, Enrico...