the following. I wasn’t going to publish it but I need to try and use it for some positive reflection.
I only posted today that I was concerned that the show had too many elements and that perhaps it needed stripping down a bit. After the private view I’m almost convinced that I’m right. I’d like to say it was the fault of the visitors but I’m the person that displayed the work as it is and it’s obviously not done it many favours.
I really struggled watching people do one (or all) of the following things. a) Popping their head around the corner and moving on. b) Scanning what was on the wall and moving on. c) Telling me how terribly conceptual it is.
I honestly don’t see it as being particularly conceptual. Conceptual Art in the strictest sense is art in which the idea is more important than the outcome. Outside of this all art is conceptual to some degree in the sense there is always a motivation behind it.
I wouldn’t call what I’ve done in the college “Conceptual Art” because what is hung on the wall is far more important to me than the idea behind it. The concept was simply a series of representations of a space and period of time.
I don’t see the overarching idea as even being particularly important in looking at the work. I suppose my only question would be: do you find something in the marks that is of interest to you? Do you find them beautiful?
People seemed to prefer to cast around for the “grand plan” so that they could feel the piece was seen and understood and therefore able to be moved on from.
I should emphasise that I feel I’m to blame for this. All of the extra elements play up the idea of concept and I now see it was a mistake. If I could completely redo the whole thing it would just be the drawings and the graphs. And perhaps the sound.
I don’t know - at what point does conceptual become Conceptual?