Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Sense of Place

Whether you are talking about the visual arts, literature or even performing arts, there is the definitive setting or "sense of place," that evokes certain emotions critical to the work. In the visual arts, landscapes typically set a sense of place, whether they are real or imagined that often draws the viewer into the work.

Take for instance Priscilla Humay's wonderful color pencil landscapes, or Jonathan Harris' brilliant images. You get the feeling that while they are based on a real setting, mostly the landscape vision is of the imagination, both the artist's and the viewer's.

When you look at George Wittenberg's work, his casual style and particular place, the viewer, especially if they have actually been there, is drawn by a loyalty to shared experiences.

Then there is the work of Judy Shumann, whose country barn or church, meticulously crafted, could be anyone of hundreds similar to it that you have seen for yourself, and yet, her subject matter couldn't be more unique in its particulars.

(c) 2009 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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