Thursday, October 26, 2006

If we look at a painting with the question, “What is it?” in mind, then we have already narrowed the field of possible experiences from the viewing. Some questions open the view, and are just like the conversational skills we know to use when we want more than one word answers.

Try using open-ended questions when you view a piece of art. Ask, “How do I see this differently from another person?” Or maybe, “What do I see in this painting?” You could ask “What is different from how I would have viewed this 10 years ago?”

Yes, these questions are all more about you than about the work of art... which is actually what any work of art and your response to it was about anyway.

The Space Between: