ART SEEN: Artists speak about their work via Vancouver Art Gallery app

Art lovers who want to find out more about the exhibition Entangled can listen on their smartphones to artists talking about their works.

Of 31 artists in Entangled, 17 have been recorded talking for two minutes about their process and about a work of literature that has influenced them. Books referred to by the artists will be tethered to benches nearby in the exhibition spaces for people to read if they choose.

Books people will be able to look at in exhibition include The Cave Of Making by W.H Auden, I Ching which was originally published in the 9th Century, L’imprévisible Dans L’art by Dominique Berthet, Faking It The Quest For Authenticity In Popular Music by Hugh Barker, and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

Providing more diverse ways for the public to engage with art in the gallery is the job of Ashlee Conery, curatorial coordinator, interpretation.

“(Artists) explain their process, what they do before they paint or just before the piece you’re looking at, or a piece of literature that has profoundly affected them or their practice,” she said.

People can listen to artists in Entangled by downloading the Vancouver Art Gallery app. It’s available for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store.

“I’m trying to use the App as a platform that becomes an extension of the work itself or a place where you can interact with more information or that offers an alternative lens,” Conery said.

The idea is not to restate what’s on the didactic panels on the wall beside an art work. Information on the app is meant to give viewers different ways to understand and appreciate art on exhibit at the gallery.

For Claude Monet’s Secret Garden – which closed Sunday – Conery brought together music by Canadian composers that helped amplify the atmospheric changes in Monet’s work.

Traditionally, curators talk on art gallery audio guides and that’s what people can expect in other exhibitions opening later this fall such as True Nordic and Portrait of the Artist.

The guide for Entangled goes a step further. It lets artists speak for themselves.

“It’s amazing to hear (artist’s) voices,” she said.

“I think people love it when they feel like they’re having a personal connection to an artist.”

In The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, artist Carol Sawyer has created a fictitious singer and artist.

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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