I think there is a desperation with people with art: they look at art and they find it very hard to just enjoy it. They have to kind of interpret it and understand it. They don’t just sort of, ask themselves you know, do I think it’s beautiful?
@ Victoria Miro Gallery there is currently on show a series of six tapestries by Grayson Perry. The tapestries tell the visual story of different social classes in modern Britain. Perry describes expressively the taste and lives of the characters using great detail and brilliant colours. In the same gallery there is also a beautiful exhibition by artist Sarah Sze.
When I was at art college in the late Seventies/early Eighties, one of the slogans the feminists used was: “Objectivity is Male Subjectivity.” This brilliantly encapsulates how male power nestles in our very language, exerting influence at the most fundamental level. Men, especially Default Men, have put forward their biased, highly emotional views as somehow “rational”, more considered, more “calm down, dear”. Women and “exotic” minorities are framed as “passionate” or “emotional” as if they, the Default Men, had this unique ability to somehow look round the side of that most interior lens, the lens that is always distorted by our feelings.
Grayson Perry http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/grayson-perry-rise-and-fall-default-man