Essay on Seeing Art in a Curated Exhibition

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Wilfred Bion (1897-1979), a great British psychoanalyst, formulated the object relations theory, which informs us that through repeated experiences in our environment we form internalized images of objects, and those images would be later on reshaped and transformed by other experiences we may have. In this theory objects are people, or rather our internalized images of the people we have come in contact with in our lives. How we relate to these images, and reshape them to accommodate our shifting perceptions constantly changing the whole, is a demonstration of our tolerance to ambiguity (Greenberg and Mitchell). Bion also said that a psychoanalyst should approach each session with his patients “without memory or desire”. Applying this …show more content…
On the fourth room a small screen on the wall showed a film, with sound playing, it was positioned next to collages and paintings. Even without reading any of the placards, or even the large mural at the opening of the exhibition, it was clear that the works presented were not the product of s single artist’s mind. Beyond the variations in medium there was variation in style and aesthetic choices. Some works I could infer were the product of the same artist. The relationship between the pieces and why they were arranged the way they were was not clear to me. I thought the works to be very uneven in appeal, some commanding more attention than others.
Because of the layout of the gallery the exhibition was split into two floors, the first floor was where we entered the show and the second floor was one level down accessible by stairs. I liked the second floor way more than the first one. It was even smaller but it had fewer pieces per square inch and the pieces there seemed more apt to creating a narrative with each other. Like on the floor above it, there were two small screens playing films, in front of one of them the only place to sit in the entire gallery was located. Not by accident the four pieces that caught my attention were situated in this floor.
The first two pieces were small rectangular collages, sitting side by side, facing the stairs and clearly visible as you descended them. One was green and the other one greenish beige in color, they were similar in

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