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Let's Read Art: Benjamin Rawson

Let's Read Art: Benjamin Rawson

This week the family and I sat down and read this awesome piece by Benjamin Rawson using the three steps to reading art mentioned, here.

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • it's amazing
  • a hose
  • beachballs
  • yellow string that almost never ends
  • a pool
  • trees
  • carpet
  • outdoor house
  • window
  • a painting
  • pond with lily pads
  • I like the orange ball
  • I like the shadow

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • also everything is a bit wide
  • it's floating
  • inside/outside
  • lily pads on water
  • those are entertaining pools
  • the  patterns are interesting because they are sort of superimposed on the drawing they lack any dimension it's flattened
  • it's as if the beach ball is moving
  • the ball up above is bigger than the others so it's sort of an illusion
  • the image up above on the left is like a overall map of the land like a legend
  • looks like an art work on display in the space
  • looks like a portal
  • like a japanese/chinese scroll in how the environment is flattened
  • looks like architectural drawing all flattened out
  • but becomes more human with the things that move
  • things next to pool look like little temples

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • to make an optical illusion
  • feel wonder
  • communicate the reality of a space combined with the movement and flow of the activities that take place in the space
  • the beachball says transition
  • static and motion
  • Could be the different floors in a space

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These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.

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