I believe that the politics of location very simply means the preconceptions that are attached to any given space; the artwork cannot be separated from the location in which is it displayed or installed. Through writing the essay I have come to the understanding that the artist must always consider site, it influences who becomes the audience and therefore how a piece is perceived.
Towards the beginning of my essay I wrote this paragraph:
' ‘The Gallery’ (which I will be referring to throughout the essay and meaning the traditional setting in which to view art) is perhaps one of the most politically charged spaces in terms of contemporary art, due to the audience it attracts and the expectations they will have already placed on the work - Paula Savage, Gallery Director for City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand, when speaking about a sight specific piece by Yayoi Kusama ‘Dots for Peace and Love (2009)’ said ‘[the work was able to] connect with the general public beyond the usual gallery going public’. (Savage, 2010) The ‘gallery going public’ Savage is referring to is most often a middle-class, university educated, affluent section of the population. In the Reith Lecture series last year Grayson Perry addressed issues of money and status and how they have become so vital to our appreciation and enjoyment of art as well as the elitism within the art world (Perry, 2013). Removing art work from the gallery space enables the artist to seek a reaction to it from those who might not normally get to see art.'
Since writing the essay I have been thinking about how I as an artist choose where my work is displayed. So far I haven't really given it much thought; I display my work where ever I am given the opportunity. This has (so far) been exclusively within 'The Gallery'. With my current work I am not sure that is the right place for my work. I want to inspired people to think about how art can be challenged to include those who are often sidelined and I think in order to do that most effectively I need to be seen to be doing that myself. I have an exhibition about to start on Thursday, I am really looking forward to it. However it is in the Link gallery, attached to the university. By exhibiting my work there, in a place that is only accessed by art students and teachers I am allowing my work to only be accessible to those already fully immersed in the art world.
At this stage in my artistic career I want to take advantage of all and any exhibition opportunities. I have another exhibition in 'The Gallery' in two weeks time, this one is not actually in the University but it will still be attended almost exclusively by artist and their family or friends. I think it is important that I at least explore ways of getting my work seen by the wider community; the blind community in particular although I am interested in how I can explore other sections of the disabled community and how I can make my artwork more accessible to them as well.
It is very scary to me to think about letting my work be seen by people outside of the safe art school community here, but I feel strongly that art should be about inclusion...I want that wider reaction!