Saw art I did.
On Tuesday I took myself to see the latest offering from The Hastings Arts Forum. Four States - Four Minds is the exhibition of four artists exploration of a 2,500 journey through Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
The show has such a beautiful cohesive feelings, which I suppose it always would considering the four artists journeyed together, but more than that, it feels, at times, that I am there on the journey with them, tour guides that highlight details of colour, of pattern, of texture. The artworks focus on the landscapes the artists saw and within many of the works, there is a focus on light and form, the way nature is, at times, so unruly.
The whole show, but especially pieces by Mary Pritchard, speak of transience. I'm reminded that this too will change and if I ever visited the places the artists did in the future, it would not be the same, obviously. My eye would be drawn to other things, the world would have shifted and the scene would have changed.
I'm not good at describing how shows like this make me feel. The focus on photography and the capturing of a moment in time is a strong premise for an exhibition, and even those who 'don't get' contemporary art can appreciate a well shot photograph. There's a power behind an image, and a story that we are only able to guess at, but you knew this and I knew this.
Quentin Bell offers up the most literal, in a sense, piece about the journey, with images beautifully displayed with co-ordinates. Showing photographs in pairs, there is something I can't quite put my finger on, but it will be a piece that I continue to think of.
Four States - Four Minds is on until the 10th July (at least I give you a chance to see it yourself this time!)