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Photograph made by Bruno Benini

Photograph made by Bruno Benini

Do you need to be special to understand Art?

Do you need to have sophisticated knowledge in this area?

My answer is NO.

You can appreciate art if it evokes emotions in you, if you feel communication between you and the art. And I do strongly believe that this emotional approach of understanding is one hundred times better than any academic approach where you consider the technique, components, etc. Because personal experience worth as much as an academic degree.

People tend to censor their thoughts and ideas about art. They feel not educated enough to be able to actually talk about it.

This process takes its origins from the art being originally an “upper class activity”, currently, it still has this notion of elitism. Moreover, the art circle is so tight that even for those who have an art degree or experience it is inconceivably difficult to cut their way into this elite community.

Art tends to be for a specific group of people.

Some people create, selected critique.

Critique usually comes in a form which from a very beginning underlines that the author had a proper art education, since the critique is heavy on terminology and “high” concepts. It does not allow general audience, who might be scared away by this sophisticated writing, to engage with the art and to understand that art is for everybody.

Would you mind if I make a parallel between art and religion?

The art is like a God. And an art critic is like a priest. Not necessary do people need to go to the priest to talk to the God, so why do we need to go the art critic to talk to the art? Critics interpret art to the audience. But why don’t we interpret it by ourselves?

Actually, in the process of creating the critique, critics dismantle the art and it becomes unrecognizable. Let’s draw an analogy with a puzzle. By analyzing, critics are pulling the pieces of the puzzle apart, and then the whole picture does not make sense. But when everything is together, you are able to appreciate and to respond.

To be clear, I am not against critics, I just think that critique should be some kind of an additional literature, not the main source of knowledge. People should not be afraid to go to the art exhibition, at the same time, they should not hesitate to express their opinions. Who cares if a critic said this painting is a disaster, if another person looking at it started crying, emotionally responding. In my opinion, first of all, art should seek response, it should resonate.

This is why, being not a photographer, I went to the photography exhibition. And now I am going to talk about it.

The exhibition called Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography is held at Powerhouse museum until 18 April 2011.

I have found out for myself that Powerhouse museum is a real treasure chest when it comes to any sort of art. It has such a big variety of works that a week might not be enough to have a really close look at everything that is on at the moment.

Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography presents photographs from a different period of Benin’s life alongside with some works of contemporary photographers, influenced by his talent and style.

Success of Bruno Benini proves that behind every talented man there is a talented woman. In Benini’s case this was his wife stylist Hazel Benini. Together they have produced some of the most remarkable fashion images in the history of Australia.

So being not a professional photographer, hardly can I assess this exhibition form a deep perspective, however, I can say that I did enjoy it. I would describe photos I saw there as glossy, glamorous, stylish and extremely elegant. They were different to any fashion photography you see today.

Photograph made by Bruno Benini

Photograph made by Bruno Benini

The photos were sophisticated.

Full stop, I said my opinion on the art form about which I know nothing. Now it is your turn to experience the exhibition and to make a comment on this post.

Or are you afraid to make a comment…

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