Selected pieces from the de Young Open 2023
👁 what inspired me 👁
Art Fatigue is very real for me. I used to go through galleries with a glutton’s stomach - hungry to try every dish at the buffet. You tend to get full too quickly and forget which dishes you liked and what they taste like.
I do it a bit different now. I leave museums after having seen one gallery. I go sit down and close my eyes for 15 minutes after a particularly evocative piece. I notice I have more fun, and I think I digest more too.
I specifically love artist retrospectives. It’s stunning to see one person develop their craft and form over time.
So when I learned that the De Young Open has over 800 pieces on display, I thought “challenge accepted.” In particular, the challenge of making it through this one exhibit of multitude, a maximalist collection of styles and stories and perspectives, and do my experience justice!
I managed this by scanning, a lot. Instead of digesting each piece I let my eyes wander and chose the ones that drew me in. As such, this curation of an already curated collection is quite subjective - it reflects pieces I found inspirational to my own personal style and taste as an artist, and brought me closer to exploring new forms or directions in my work.
These are currently offered without comment. There are things I notice about each one and I think a key element of cultivating taste is learning to understand why you are attracted to a piece’s aesthetics. So I might share more about that later in a comment or two. If something catches your eye, I’d be thrilled if you would leave a comment. Let’s have a conversation!
I hope you enjoy.