On my work experience at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, I went to see one of the newest exhibitions; To Me, To You by Mick Peter. The exhibition was a story in one piece, told through cartoon-like freeze-frames, of an artist commissioned to create a piece of work for a gallery. The form of this was both visual and interactive – Peter used MDF cut-outs to make the characters and other aspects of the piece stand out. I have not seen anything like this before.
I liked this piece for several reasons. Firstly, because of the form (see above). Secondly, because of the way Peter used colour – all the drawings were in black and white, but the sculpture was in a dull marbled colour and looked realistic. Finally, because of the final freeze-frame of the piece - a life-size cartoon street against the back wall with deliberate “cracks” in the wall of “Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art”. if the viewer looks through any of these, they will see the artist preparing his space, the finished sculpture in the middle of it; giving the viewer something to interact with. I cannot think of anything I dislike about this piece. However, I think if Peter used a real statue instead of one printed onto MDF, this would make the piece seem more abstract.
I would recommend going to see this piece if you live in or are travelling to the Newcastle-Gateshead area. The exhibition ends on 27th October. I would give it a 4/5 rating for its individual presentation, minimalism and the story it tells.