Chase Wiggert Art Appreciation Gallery Report My favorite piece in the art gallery was ?A Reminder? by Chip Schilling in 1994. I really liked this book because it was very unconventional. The accordion style binding makes it very unique. The artist/author made the book more or less a test with multiple choice answers. Many of the questions had philosophical origins to them. I really wish I could have seen the other side of the book in order to see the answers and pictures on the other side. The book/pamphlet was made by a printing press. The thing I liked the most about the book was the larger pictures that were formed when looking at the accordion style binding lain out. Each side of the accordion pages come together to form a larger image. The images formed went along with the theme of the book. An image on one side depicted an abstract head with an enlarged brain, and on the other was a repetition of an image of a man enlarged on each fold. I thought the pictures, questions, and warning on the cover made it seem like a brain tester. The artwork I selected left me with a feeling of question which I think was exactly what the artist/author was trying to accomplish. It provided a sense of intelligence with the philosophical image that I thought may have been a Davinci drawing. Davinci was obviously a great innovator and thinker of his time period. The fact that the book was a test provoked me to want to actually know the answers. The questions themselves seemed very inspiring. I feel the artist obviously knew what type of feeling he wanted to portray to the viewer simply by the test form and pictures he selected. I guess I did not really feel attached to the artist because his views were obviously more mysterious due to the questions, but I think if I could have seen the answers on the other side it would have made more sense. Online, I looked up Chip?s work, and it says there is no real right answer to the questions, and each time you go through the test you could have different answers. It also said that the book itself causes stress and anxiety from reading it. The description said the ?more baggage? the reader has, the better. I think this ties into the same kind of mind puzzling, mysterious theme of the work.
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