Everywhen Lecture & Exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums
February 22, 2016
I recently attended a lecture about the Everywhen exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums and viewed the exhibit afterwards. (You read a review of the exhibit here.) The lecture began with the playing of a didgeridoo, which I really enjoyed. Take a peek at what I saw:
The Harvard Art Museum is a beautiful space. There was a small reception in the center hall area after the lecture:
I often talk about how seeing art in real life is super different from seeing it on a screen. Here's a slide followed by the actual art. I'm not sure that you'll be able to see the difference, but man oh man, I did! The scale, the texture, the colors! It's a different experience.
Some things I'm taking away from the exhibit (from a purely visual point-of-view):
- Repetition rocks.
- You can use dots to create an almost fabric-like texture.
- Complicated simplicity -- meaning, simple shapes being used to create a complex image.
- Try a black background.
- Imperfections are exciting and interesting.
- Work large with small shapes.
- Tell a story with your art, whether the viewer will understand it or not.
- White paint is powerful.
I really loved the art in the Everywhen exhibit. Seeing it made me even more excited to go to Australia in April. I can't wait to seek out lots and lots of Aboriginal art while I'm there! If you have any recommendations of places to do that, I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by!