Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Power of Art to Convey Place


I went to see the David Hockney "Bigger Picture" exhibition this afternoon at the Royal Academy in London and was reminded of the power of art, in painted and printed images, to transport its viewers to a completely different place and, as here, when there are so many large and related images of a particular place, in this instance the Wolds (low hills) of East Yorkshire, to bring that place in to another space (the Royal Academy) and make you feel you are there. Hockney has so effectively captured this place that it must now be propelled in to a larger and wider human consciousness of the character of its landscape, its colours and its weather patterns. Its to be hoped that this new found land is managed sensibly by those responsible for its marketing and promotion.