The Last of the Magicians

A new essay by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith titled “The Last of the Magicians”, on Peter Trevelyan’s Enjoy exhibition “Actron and Reactron”, is now live.

Consider for a moment that Newton’s third law is a metaphor for the relationship between an artist and his or her audience. Despite postmodern aspirations to engage the viewer, many artists and art spaces still often promote the old adage ‘please do not touch’. Trevelyan’s implication inherent in his title predetermined that a visitor would have some kind of experience in his exhibition denoting an action or reaction, and raised the immediate question of ‘what, or even where, is the art engagement?’, challenging the audience to find out by way of action.” Read the rest here >

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