I am happy to report that I give full marks to both Don and Teresa for their astute viewing. Kathy is equally astute because she knows a keener when she sees one. As in any good assessment there has to be room for individual interpretation. #7 was the "room to maneuver question" and Teresa gave an excellent argument for her answer. Great job participants!
Hockey Organ by Graeme Patterson speaks on many levels and Teresa's commentary on the piece is extensive. She moved beyond my initial interactions with the work and caused me to return to the work and think about it again. I realized how little time I actually gave each piece and how superficial my interactions with the work actually was. There's no excuse for this except the hurried pace of live. How much do we miss using this excuse?
I heard Graeme Patterson speak about his work in St. John's last year when he was on a panel addressing the topic of Art in the Margins and he kept me attentive and wondering during the whole talk. Most of the time I couldn't get beyond "how does he come up with these ideas?" It is well worth looking at his website to broaden your context for the viewing of Hockey Organ.
The Organ depends on a participant, now this one I find humorous, as in "hockey night in Canada" theme with the organ music thumped out. The initial viewing of the organ brought to mind a church organ which of course made me think about "what does the organ player think when playing. Then it got deeper. The organ as representing a religious belief plus a Canadian sport/business enterprise. The infiltration of Canada by religious orders to subdue the masses as a type of sport. Oh my mind really loves this one, on so many levels. It would be interesting to read others takes on these images.
I challenge you to look again at any one of these images and provide us with your response to it.