Most people who like a painting don't just look at it once. They pay it a repeat visit:
- 28% of respondents said they pay periodic visits and
- 24% pay frequent repeat visits.
|127 respondents in May 2012 - see POLL: How long do you spend looking at a painting you like?|
Less than 7% spent less than a minute looking at art they liked. Unlike the Daily Mail experiment (see We know what we like, and it's not modern art! How gallery visitors only viewed work by Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin for less than 5 seconds), only 2% of respondents wanted to look at art they liked for less than 15 seconds.
An exercise in looking at art
One of the interesting aspects of this poll is to consider what you want to do when visiting an art gallery, art museum or art exhibition - and then think about how people view your own art
Here's an exercise to get you thinking!
Ask yourself these questions when you've reviewed the artwork on view in an exhibition or gallery
- Do you need to go back and look at a painting (or sculpture or whatever) again?
- Did you route your path through a gallery or museum so you could look at a particular work again?
- What is it about the artwork you like which keeps drawing you back?
Now think about your own art
- What do people comment on when they look at your art?
- What do people say they like in particular when looking at your art?
- Does your art make people want to look at it again and again?
- Does it contain a motif or coloration or a particular technique which will make people want to look at it again and again?
- Does it contain the elements which attract you to other artwork?
Speaking personally, other than the artwork which has won prizes, the artwork I feature in this blog is very often the artwork which I've had to go back and have another look at on my third trip around the gallery or exhibition. I usually go round an exhibition three times before I leave:
- once quickly - to see what's there
- once slowly - to look more carefully at the works on display
- once again - to make sure I didn't miss anything - and to look again at the works I particularly liked
It's why I frequently go to exhibitions on my own!
How do you view art?
The Making A Mark Poll - Resources for Artists
How do you view art?