The contemporary gaze is greedy; it diminishes the value of the seen. -
Look With All Your Eyes is an exhibition designed to reflect the way we look at art. A team of curators has selected works that appear to restrict the act of looking. The pieces are shown in a way that means viewing them is a challenge too.
Look with all your eyes
Lily Wales, Lucy Dixon, and Sam Orchard are the curators behind exhibition, who have hand-picked the works, to challenge the eye, but is a challenging view even worth it? I believe so. Works by Josefina Flello (West Midlands based artist), will be featured, along with a number of contemporary artists who are using the exhibition as a platform to reach art supporters.
In a similar vein to the above quote, I believe the modern gaze is a lazy one - we look at bright screens of a daily basis, with usually crystal-clear images, if that was taken away, would our eyes 'work' harder? Would sight be a luxury that we enjoy, as opposed to one of our senses we take for granted, and would our brains have to 'do' more to make sense of the image before us? Possibly. Such questions are what the curators have asked, and changing the way we consider sight, and our view, is what makes the exhibition such a success.
The free exhibition is part of The Open Project, which is a reworked idea of an open exhibition. If this exhibition is anything to go by, walking around with your eyes closed is no longer a possible ignorance. Looking and seeing what is in front of us, is merely a part of our modern lives. Oh the modern gaze.