We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.
Here is a review of our Insatiable Mind exhibition (24 May – 13 July 2019) by Frankie of Leehurst Swan School.
My first impression of the exhibition appropriately named “Insatiable Mind”, was the sheer diversity of Artists and mediums of art on display. When I think of the word Insatiable I think of hunger, longing and desire to know more. The main thing that struck me about the art as a whole is that they all have one thing in common, the basis of their art seems to be the desire to know more. Which to me is the main function of the human brain. It is of no surprise that the exhibition is titled “Insatiable Mind”.
The piece I noticed first was “Orbit” by Dr Katayoun Dowlatshahi. This piece I found immensely interesting. The medium was photography of Sky and Sea that have been merged together by Dowlatshahi. The piece is inspired by West High Down, a former cold war who privately tested rocket engines for the British Space Programme. I love how the artist has merged the sky and sea, because they are opposite environments I feel like the artist has tried to create a new view, a different version of how to see the world.
Unlike Dowlatshahi, Niccolo Masini is a multidisciplinary artist as well as an illustrator and animator. His piece “White Time” happens to be my favourite, its medium is animation, it depicts a black background with a countdown bar at the bottom of the screen, it is closely followed with a white background which depicts a being standing and falling continuingly downwards. The being then jumps off the object it was standing on and falls gradually through the white background until collapsing in a dark blue vortex. This piece makes me think a great deal it makes me wonder whether like the black background and countdown, it’s better to stay standing, and count backwards or to jump off of our perch and fall even if it means collapsing. This fits with Masini’s interest to move closer and closer through experience to being at one with the world.
I think both art works display space, perhaps not in the literal sense but in Dowlatshahi’s case space is an evident feature in the infinity.