[237120, A1] Wk 2: Task 4 – Visual Text Analysis
My visual text of choice is an artwork by John Nixon, entitled ‘Blue Rider’ (1994). It is composed of a black lacquered, baby-grand piano with red panels laid against/on top of it, not adhered to any surface. It is one of 2 objects within a large space.
As the plaque shown below explains, the piece is a socio-political commentary on tradition through the use of everyday objects. The audience – the wider public across various social classes and backgrounds – is meant to reflect not only on the piece itself, but how it influenced the work of Julian Dashper, to whom this exhibition was dedicated.
The piece blurs the line between practicality and aesthetics within an object. It prompts the viewer to examine the concept behind it, to understand the purpose of the object within the gallery. The work begs the question of whether context makes an object worthy of artistic merit.
Nixon, John. Blue Rider. City Gallery Wellington, Wellington. Installation.