The Human Mind Applies The Concept Of Beauty

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The human mind applies the concept of beauty to the objects it perceives. Without a spectator, a creation has no value. Does art require an audience in order to be branded ‘beautiful’? A recent exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery titled ‘Beholder’ aimed to answer the contemporary opinion of ‘what is beautiful?’ In this exhibition an artist Anthony Schrag wrote a brief essay that accompanied his work. In it he wrote: “I think we forget that art objects are just that – objects, paper, pigment, wood and glue, canvas or glass: it is only a thing. But it is us and our human interactions that give these objects meaning, power and beauty.” [1] This statement reconsiders the outlook on how individuals place the term beauty upon. Taking into consideration how taste and life experiences would impact the way the viewer felt towards the artwork before them. The exhibition as a whole displayed various use of subject matter and media, from historic artworks to contemporary internet film pieces. This vast range makes the collection appealing to every audience’s interest. Overall the chosen pieces hung harmoniously together within the gallery’s white walls. All individual in their own right but as a unit create a balanced display of visuals, which mirrors not only the theme of the exhibition but perhaps societies generalised notion of beauty as well. Situated centrally on the wall of the gallery is a piece by Edward Summerton, 2wit 2woo and RSPB. It is titled ‘Flock of Starlings’ (2010).
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