When your going to an art show, exhibition or find yourself in front of a bunch of art, you can ask yourself the following questions to become more engaged with the work.
- Where is the artist most present in this piece?
- What was happening in life/history at the time this piece was made?
- Why would an artist even do this piece, choose this content etc…?
- How is the artist using this medium/art materials in your opinion?
- What is the mood of the piece?, somber, happy, introspective…?
- What could you imagine doing differently in the work?
- If this piece were in your home, how would it feel to walk by it everyday?
- How would the artwork feel if it were another size, like, 10’x10′ or 10″x10″?
- Would this be something you would like to try making?
- Do you value this art, if so why or why not?
Simply liking art for no reason is a good enough. However, one of the things I love so much about art in all forms, is its ability to transform our thinking and so much more. Art is often asking more questions than it is answering. Like a great novel or powerful piece of poetry, enjoy art by engaging the elements of the piece. Remember, art can be enjoyed solely because it’s beautiful, and or because it’s thought-provoking.
by Ruth Chase
How to view art, what to ask. 10 questions to ask when viewing art.