A trip to Art Gallery is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon, I thought and went online to search through the city stock on museums and galleries. Unfortunately each time I turned to a website that had gallery or museum in address I had to make an effort to get what I wanted out of it.
I understand that City of Liverpool may not be famous from great appreciation for art work and high culture activities, however I do believe that solid information given to website visitors is a must and needs to be a sound base on which the visitor and the gallery can meet.
Instead the base mentioned above, we have a long stream of unnecessary information with very little order and reason. Vital info which you may need or be interested in are lost in the plenty of others, uncategorised and untagged. Frustrated a bit I went around the site and combed out the info I wanted, by the way learning that the next day there will be a Parent and Baby Morning taking place… which (surprisingly) will give you an extraordinary opportunity to “meet other parents and babies”. Now why would you like to invite toddlers to a museum or art gallery? I believe that there is only one reason to that and that is promotion of baby articles to their parents. Modern marketing is coming into each aspect of our lives very rampantly, and very little borders and limitations are being set for aggressive tactics of corporations. Unfortunately. And I am not an anti-children crusader. I may sound like one, confronted with powerful child products manufacturer’s pushy campaigns. But: there’s more. Brace yourself as I am going to say this.
Each of these galleries and museums have a solid part which is especially designed for children. Is there anything wrong with that? One may argue. Yes, there is in my opinion. There are plenty of activities for children in different ages across each city, town, within small neighbourhoods even. There are places especially designed and run with sole purpose to treat children and their parents. I really do not think that serious art galleries are places which should accommodate this kind of operation. I do believe that we should treat commune with art as a special event, some place and time where we can contemplate and stop for a moment. Have a reflection about life, it’s meaning, different perspectives and approach. A place where we can discuss and exchange ideas and opinions. Let’s not turn art gallery into yet another supermarket, where we can find everything and nothing, flea markets with cacophony of different “activities”. For we will lose the purpose of art…
So here I am at Tate Liverpool Gallery on surprisingly beautiful morning. I go further and further through the rooms and another exhibits. And I feel more and more insulted. I may come across to some of you as an ignorant, person who has no idea of contemporary art. So be it. There must be however a minimum effort that needs to be involved in process of creating art.
I believe that first there must be an idea, invention, little seed of genius that will, through the process come out as an art piece. And I do have a feeling that some of the artists of whom work I could see at Tate first found the “art piece” and then created the story behind it (some as you will learn in a short while did not even make that effort)… Word found may not be very accurate here as well, as some of this items were just everyday use items, like crossed neon lights, placed in the corner of the room. While the artist himself refused to reveal any other meaning of it but great way to arrange corner space of the room. Then I think he should simply make his way to Ikea interior design centre and try his luck there…
Do not get me wrong, there were some great pieces of work there too, however after I finished browsing the gallery’s walls, floors, doors and whatever else spaces you may find I felt simply intellectually abused. It was very disappointing that what we have come to is exhibiting ordinary items in ordinary surroundings with nothing artistic in it or anywhere near it. If the art is a mirror of our inner condition as a society, as a human race then what I saw was overwhelming abyss of emptiness.