With increasing access to artworks and artist catalogues online, some may wonder why gallery exhibitions are still so important to visit and see in person. While it may seem inherently more convenient to view artworks online, a gallery exhibition space offers a much more elevated experience than an online platform. Artworks must be experienced in person in order to truly get a sense of their magnitude. We at Artlink Canada want to share why we feel art collectors and art enthusiasts should physically see art exhibitions, and why this supports the arts community and aids you in the art purchasing process.
Physically going to an art exhibition is the simplest and easiest way to stay connected to the local art scene while at the same time supporting local artists and small, independent galleries. By attending art exhibitions it not only fosters an art community but also is necessary to keep the local art scene alive, developing and vibrant. A social scene and space for conversations and exchanging ideas around art occurs when one attends art exhibitions and, even more so attends art exhibition openings. Exhibitions create a network for gallerists, artists, art collectors, art enthusiasts and even the curious tourists to learn more about the artworks on display and the evolving artistic community. Art exhibition openings are a great place to meet the artist in person, and learn about their artwork from their perspective. You may discover interesting information you would never have known, enriching your knowledge and imagination of the piece. Art exhibitions not only allow for artworks to be viewed from a first person perspective, but often the gallerists will provide interesting insider information on the artworks and artist, and inform you of future exhibitions that may be of interest to you.
“Viewing artwork on the Internet is like walking by a gallery on a rainy night and wiping the fog from the glass to get a peek.” – The Huffington Post
Your perspective of an artwork can change dramatically from viewing a photograph to seeing it in real life. Although online art databases are great marketing resources to reach more people, computer screens never completely show a piece of art as it truly is. Often when an artwork is photographed it looses the vibrancy and intensity of colours, and depth, and if it is a three dimensional piece, it looses its scale and setting. The simple fact is that art is always best when seen in person. This way you can see the true colors and textures of the artworks, as well as gain a better understanding of the scale of the artwork. Furthermore, by personally viewing the artwork you will also know the weight of the artwork as well as visualize how well the artwork will fit into the space you desire it to be put in.
Artlink Canada wants to stress the importance of helping to maintain a vibrant local arts community. Just attending an exhibition helps the art’s ecosystem grow and gain recognition, and allows for more events to be held in the future. There is definitely a different experience when looking at a piece of art in a gallery rather than on a website. So go visit and support your local art galleries and experience what can happen. You may be surprised at the artworks you see, what you learn and whom you meet. All in all, the simplest contributions can have a lasting effect on the community and help transform a budding artist into a sensation.