Direct Art Action - Amina Sharnwaz

Local gallery in Sutton Coldfield

Direct Art Action - Amina Sharnwaz

On 7th November 2019 I went to the Direct art Action gallery in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. We looked at various art pictures from different artists around the area, we took photos of everything and analysed two pieces of art we chose, and interviewed the gallery curator about his career and how he started the gallery. We looked at all the displayed art work and then picked two artists and analysed their art work and photography. We answered questions like: the hidden message behind them, the colours and shapes used. Later on we emailed much artists as we could to ask more questions like when it was made, who it was made for etc. We also managed to interview the person who runs the gallery and asked about his career and how he got involved in the gallery. They was different types of art such as drawing, graffiti, graphics, sculpture, paintings and weird looking objects you wouldn’t even think of being art, made to be put together to form a piece like cuddly toys or a fridge in the middle of the floor with a pipe coming out of it.

I have never been to an art gallery before it was my first time and it was interesting to see all these pieces of art in one gallery, made me want to explore and see the importance of work by local artists. I thought it was very unusual to see the gallery not as busy as its in Sutton so I thought people would come in often too see new art pictures, also it was free. Perhaps it is busier at the weekends or later in the afternoon if people have finished work.

I liked everything about it as it was very spacious and a calm environment. This made me look at the art work differently and in more depth as all pieces were unique in their own ways and had their own message behind them. For most art works the meaning was implicit and was easy to pick up but it was good when the artist gave a description to give more information. 

I didn’t like the fact it didn’t have any information about the background of the gallery as well as the art work as I think people would want to know more about the creator and what it represents to him. Also if the person who runs the place had maybe a booklet of all the artists on display he can tell anyone that might have a question. Or make sure everyone writes a bit about themselves to go with their art work. 

Overall In this art event I learnt that you don’t need to be a professional to create an art piece because if you don’t call it art someone else would, as long as there is a back story behind it you can consider it as an art work. Anything creative can be called as art, if you don't make an effort to get your work out there, no one will be able to see it. However most people can feel a specific way depending on what perspective they are viewing the work and whether they have any prior knowledge about it.

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  • Sienna James

    On 22 November 2019, 10:11 Sienna James Voice Team commented:

    Wonderful review, Amina! What did the artist say about his introduction into an arts career?

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