Fine Art Vs. Graphics: My Tate Modern Experience
The door to the Tate Modern slides open and I am greeted with the Turbine Hall – a foyer so vast that it really is quite breathtaking. The grey floor glides in front as far as the eye can see, whilst the towering walls support the solid structure on either side. As I begin the swift walk through the hall – casting a cheeky glance at that glorious bookshop and up the escalators – I begin to switch off my graphics mind and alter it in order to introduce what Damien Hirst, one of England’s internationally-renowned artists, has to show in his largest survey of work.
A step through the grand door and the exhibition starts.
At a distant glimpse, my eye catches flies in a large container, dead fish helplessly encased in a huge glass container and paintings of circles created from a variety of colour.
I know for a fact that one of Hirst’s main themes is looking death in the eye.
Through various means it really does become quite clear, seeing those struggling flies impatiently flying around a small space for their existence, butterfly wings plucked from their bodies composed on a piece of material representing a stain glass window, and the shark.
That famous shark that so helplessly floats – positioned with its terrifying mouth open – trying to catch that thing it was after, looking almost ghost-like whilst surrounded in formaldehyde.
Respectfully, Damien Hirst has a strong voice – one which you are guaranteed to connect with within seconds of looking at his art. Passion is so clearly placed into his practice, considering the composition, texture and aesthetics for the viewer.
After a walk around the exhibition, the majority of his pieces have developed my way of thinking quite staggeringly, although with some of the pieces, I leave knowing that I will never quite grasp their true understanding.
Fine art and graphics are diverse in variety; alas, when it comes down to the way that the artist represents their work through opinion, connections can be mapped out.
The clear distinction between the two?
Fine art can be created through the direction of the artist, whilst graphics is very much created for an opinion and a purpose. With that in mind, graphics definitely holds the pathway to my future career – although the sector of graphics can certainly learn a thing or two from fine art and vice versa.
- by AWSC
- posted at 8:18 am
- August 10, 2012