Mia Raszewski, The Art and I [×]
I have always loved visiting the gallery. I remember going as a kid and being excited to spend the day in this prominent place full of art. I think that these experiences shaped me as a child, they gave me an appreciation and curiosity for art, and as I have grown older visiting galleries has remained a favourite past time.
This project questions how a relationship between the body and art viewing experience, can produce a new way of encountering art. It intends to generate a dialogue on the importance of art, viewing and experiencing through a shift in approaching the design of exhibition spaces, which disrupt the gallery’s institutional model. The practice has explored the merging of exhibition design with ideas of interiority to produce ways of designing for dynamic encounters and interactions which destabilise the conventional methods of viewing art.
The exhibition design encourages slowing down, lingering and learning to transpire through the bodies encounter with experiencing art. The collection of research employs tactics of proximity, mystery, storytelling, and a critical understanding of the artworks themselves to design a detailed and insightful exhibition that celebrates the art it holds.
This project aims to make art accessible to those who do not have access to regional and national galleries. ‘The Art and I’ will tour through rural towns, offering the opportunity for communities to experience contemporary art. In a post-pandemic world, this project also addresses a new way of viewing that considers social distancing. Never have we needed to be more aware of how bodies move through space and interact with each other. This exhibition will rupture the way we navigate through space and reframe the encounter of art, finding new relationships between art pieces and body.