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  • Writer's pictureShanna Cheng

Dreaming Day by Day Series: 14

Hello Dreamers!

I have been gallery hopping and visiting some local shows and exhibitions to get inspired again. It was such a great way to motivate and re-inspire myself and rethink and re-evaluate everything I have worked on, whether through my practice or through my everyday life.

I took on some research and I thought this would be a relevant post that would inspire others and change the way we interpret art. It certainly did for me. I knew I wanted to make art accessible to the public and found arts education so important and valuable. I have been out of touch with the art world in terms of getting technical and working in the studio and it took some rediscovering to find out the many possibilities we can bring to the table.

Looking at the Vancouver Art Gallery's "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950" exhibition, I got to relive my art history classes like it was yesterday. They touched on topics on European's perception of the "Orients", producing art away from the Academy and changing what people define valuable in art. What came up were conversations on high art versus low art; high art being defined as fine art and participating in cultural dialogue in an "educated and informed" way in contrast to low art (popular art) that caters to what the public likes through mass production. It shows a great contrast in what people have access to back then when Fine Art was not accessible to those who didn't grow up in wealth and prestige. It took some re-evaluation on my part on how I would define my practice and where I would fit into the niche of the art world.

Unlike what was showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I got to visit Hot Wet Art City's Post-It Note Art Exhibition at The Arts Factory, a 1-day showcase exhibit where over 140 artists created 3 x 3" pieces of artwork, to mimic the post-it note, that can be bought off the wall. The interaction between the public and the artists' works were so different in comparison to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the experience was phenomenal. By activating the space, they were giving the public the freedom to enjoy the experience; to admire, pick the artworks they want off wall and buy them at a price that was affordable. Such activities made the experience enjoyable for me seeing how people could interact with their eyes and fingertips, in the comfort of their own space.

How can we make art accessible?

Something to think about.

I hope this post was insightful and inspired my Dreamers!

Look out for more updates, until next time!

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