4 ways to understand sculpture and art

Do you ever wonder what an art aficionado is thinking about while they stand in front of a piece of art for twenty minutes? There’s only so long you can study brush strokes or shading, and what if it is a piece of modern art with one single pencil line? What do they see that a layperson doesn’t? To really begin to appreciate art, you need to give it time to affect you. Stopping in front of a piece is the first step, but now you need to engage your senses.

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1. Get a good look

Modern art can be viewed from several different perspectives. Take your time and walk around the painting to see it from different angles, near and far. Because a sculpture, such as a bronze animal sculpture, is a three-dimensional thing, it’s important to see it from above and below and all around. Only then can you decide if it means anything to you.

2. Get in touch with your emotions

Love it or hate is, modern art and sculpture aims to arouse you. If you don’t feel anything for the piece, it’s okay, it might not be the right piece for you or might not be relevant to your experiences of the world. However, if you’re sure you’d like to understand the piece better, that the message the artist is trying to relay is completely passing you by, there is a way to get a better understanding of the piece.

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3. Talk to the artist

Next time you’re at a gallery opening or exhibition where the artist is on hand, don’t be afraid to ask a few questions. Not all sculptures are as easy to appreciate as those at Gill Parker Sculptures. Many artists cherish the opportunity to talk about their motivations and views and through conversation, you might start to see a new facet of the artist’s work.

4. Listen and nod

It can be disheartening to feel like the only person in a gallery not to get the importance or appeal of a piece of work, but by listening to the opinions of others, you may be able to form some of your own. Asking strangers what they think can also be a great way to make new acquaintances.

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