Yesterday I visited the René Magritte exhibition at Tate Liverpool. This was a family outing rather than a visit planned to fit in my with OCA studies but nevertheless I spend a good couple of hours looking intently and thinking about the pictures. During the long drive back home today it suddenly struck me that I should write it up in my learning log. As I thought about it I realised that I now look at art in a deeper more meaningful way, searching out meaning, connections and intentions. I knew little about Magritte before I walked into the show but, as I was walking around and hearing other visitors commenting on some of the paintings, I found myself consciously disagreeing with some of them and coming up with my own interpretation of the artist’s message and intent. When I eventually read some of the programme notes, I found to my surprise that my interpretation was often, but not always, in line with that of the exhibition curator. I was pleased. I can see that I’ve moved forward and gained both an independence of mind and a deeper connection to art. I also found myself making connections to my photographic studies, the denoted versus the connoted for example. For example, I could relate quite strongly to Magritte’s studies of the real versus the the represented. Similarly, I could relate to his portrayal of self – although this is not something I have ever seriously tried myself. But it is something that I should do and perhaps soon.
All in all, a much deeper and more meaningful experience than I anticipated – and that can only be a good sign!