Gallery Catalogue Entry

People have different perspectives on art pieces. Some like it, some don’t, while others may be confused by the artist’s message. This is why there are captions and notes following the artwork. The piece Ms. Hinds chose was based on A Humument by Tom Philips which basically was choosing a page of any text that was appealing vocabulary and structure wise, and recreating it to make their own version of it. This newer version would be more marked up and/or colorful with select words chosen out of the text to create a story or message that matches the theme of the page. Depending on how Ms. Hinds used the colors this piece could have different meanings

The text that Ms. Hinds chose for her art piece was from Ways of Seeing by John Berger specifically page 32. The body or layout of the page itself was dense, therefore there was a variety of words to choose from and create a whole new story/message. The words she chose (from top to bottom in order) said: “Are we claiming reminiscent images by refusing knowledge of specialized experts to belong? Specialists existed originally for the rest of life and history from reproduction of art to preserve. First time ubiquitous language surrounds people.” Compared to the original order of the text on the page, this doesn’t make sense as a paragraph to fit into that story because it’s something completely different. This quote is basically talking about us as the general public not realizing and accepting the work of experts/specialists, but rather hanging onto what’s left of the past and these experts and/or scientists are here to save us from it. They don’t want us to hang onto this ubiquitous commodity which is what we view it as and what we are surrounded by.

The message Ms. Hinds is trying to send the message in her artwork is that experts are the intelligent ones and we all can be too if we let go of things we dwell on that hinder us from moving forward. She used the mechanical wheels in her art piece to represent our minds (the public and the experts) to show how humans are smart people and have different ways of functioning mentally or expressing themselves. It shows our “wheels are always turning.” That means we are always using our brain whether were asleep or awake. We are a complex form of life on this planet and she also used the different shades of green in her piece to show that. She used the colors violet and magenta to signify the “reminiscent images” that we are claiming.

For regular people, creating this piece would be a little challenging because it would be hard to find the right creation to represent or go along with the words in the text that are picked out. Finding a photograph of purple and magenta flowers with green stems and leaves, Ms. Hinds used that to convert the same amount of colors onto her art piece to show the correlation with the two pictures.

This art piece can mean one thing to one person and another thing to someone else. A simple change in color or change in the size of any small thing anywhere on this artwork can mean a whole new piece of art. The artist specifically found a way to use green as the dominant color to help express her meaning while the colors of magenta and purple soften up the piece. Overall this piece represents her life and how she moved forward to become one of those “experts” that didn’t hold on to the past.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *