“Words Which Murder The Eye Before It Has Opened” A Trip To Tate Britain – Jenny Meehan – Written and Visual Expression – And A Oil Painting “Casement To Infinity” 1930 – Leon Underwood at Tate Britain

October 7, 2011

 

 

 

Indulging in a little memory today, a wonderful trip to Tate Britain last month with two delightful artist friends.  We laughed and chatted so much we very nearly got thrown out…It’s so hard to be quiet and funeral like when there is work to discuss, responses to paintings and other creations, good company, and the extra bonus of having a wheelchair for one friend, which I have never driven before, and of course I took great delight in various maneovers and variations in speed. 

 What is this dowdy silence, sobre hush;  is this a funeral parlour or an art gallery?  Yes, some moderation is always a good thing, but I just don’t get the lack of discussion…Apart from those official talkers, why is there so little talking going on?  Are people afraid to make themselves look uninformed?  What is this cerebal matter, this dominance of educated discourse? 

At least the text which accompanies the work at the Tate Britain is clear and straightforward.  I am still reeling with a recent traumatic reading experience endured when hoping to find out about an artist’s work to be exhibited in a local University’s gallery.  The text was a creation in itself, for sure, but a completely seperate creation from that of the work, because it was so dense in concept that it didn’t really need the work, and the work seemed much better without it too.  Sometimes it’s interesting to know what a piece means to the artist, but do I really need to know?  It seems to me that we are infected by a scientific approach to visual expressions which murder the eye before it has opened. 

Like that….”Words Which Murder The Eye Before It Has Opened” 

LOVE this painting “Casement To Infinity” by Leon Underwood.  I have not come across him before.  The use of colour is excellent, and as I toy with the idea of trying out some more figurative painting myself I read about the artist:

“…he felt, and would feel increasingly, that a neglect of subject matter was to the detriment of art, and that the embrace of abstraction for its own sake simply led to greater and greater differentiation between art and artists and an ordinary life as lived by the majority.”

 

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One Response to ““Words Which Murder The Eye Before It Has Opened” A Trip To Tate Britain – Jenny Meehan – Written and Visual Expression – And A Oil Painting “Casement To Infinity” 1930 – Leon Underwood at Tate Britain”

  1. jennymeehan Says:

    Reblogged this on Jenny Meehan, Contemporary Artist's Journal and commented:

    Wow, was this really three years ago?!


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