Visual art exhibition is paramount to the practice art, not just because it gives an avenue for the artist to fulfill up with the audience but additionally, it promotes the artist beyond the boundaries of his/her immediate training surroundings. However, the notion of art exhibition in modern Nigerian art circle can only be comprehended when one understands the stand point of the exhibiting artist.
As an aficionado for exposed skin care products as well as an art historian, my ongoing interaction with artists over the years has made me to identify two types of artists with various approaches, perceptions in addition to views toward exhibition.
1. The first group may be explained as performers who have strong financial reason for their exhibition are often searching for what sort of art concept that’s highly priced or well required in the present art market of a specific area.
They may be always making enquiries from gallery owners or art collectors to be aware of the sort of art to create so that it might be sold through exhibition. This set of designers occasionally allow their business head to restrict their creativity by limiting themselves to either a one or a couple of notions, trend or style of art expression.
They may use art styles which are more or less drawn to people who have perception of visual (art) appreciation so as to obtain market or patronage out of them.
By this, such designers may choose realism as a handy style to share their functions, or create decorative layouts using themes that are of immediate recognition or items like trees, flowers, or other basic concepts which can be employed to reach a rhythmic effects which might be visually appealing particularly to those who their sense of art appreciation is tied to uninformed background.
Exhibition to these artists is highly based on the financial element.
Therefore, they tend to weigh the success of this exhibition on the amount of works sold and or, concerning the commissions that they get after the exhibit. Artists in this circle do have a pre-conceived audience for an intended public art series (exhibit); as such, publicity may mainly cover individuals that are in love with the sort of functions: styles, concepts, or types which the exhibiting artist will showcase. This is intentionally done to ensure a flourishing condition of the exhibition in addition to make it resemble a strictly money making venture.
2. The second group on the other hand don’t consider money as a pioneer factor to affect of limit their creative expressions.
They create art works that are truly inspired by thought, feeling, imaginations with an assortment of concepts which are ever-changing to demonstrate their growth in the practice of the profession.
Such designers always experiment with new/foreign substances, use new ideas in addition to implement unusual notions which will best express their feelings about the society they live in. In light of this, they might not keep to a single style, concept of tendency of artwork no matter the demand from the society. The interaction of these artists with viewers during exhibition is much more like a teacher and pupils, where the artist spends time to clarify the relationship of a specific artwork to the surroundings of the crowd in addition to issues/messages in the work for the audience understand the purpose/relevance of their work to the society he/she lives.
In light of this, this type of artists might prefer to create works that represent various events on ethnic, social and political background.Their functions occasionally may aim purely to educate the general public on issues that are of great significance to the improvement of the society such as the evils of terrorism, the value of global warming, as well as other ecological problems.
In this manner, the artist may use unfamiliar concepts that aren’t easily understood (like abstract or stylized forms) to convey his/her message to the general public.
In painting by way of instance, colours could be used to attain abstract designs either by way of binder diluted paint on canvas to create images or dropping some brush strokes of unrelated colors to make an notion of chaos in the society.
The general public may not readily come to terms with the realities of such fact until additional interpretations are provided by art historians or critics that are familiar with current and past issues in the practice of art in a specific society.