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Ekphrasis and Gallery Encounters

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posted on 2023-03-01, 04:57 authored by Cassandra AthertonCassandra Atherton, Paul Hetherington
This article begins with brief firsthand, factual accounts by Cassandra Atherton (of visiting and viewing the Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelite works) and Paul Hetherington (of various gallery visits in Rome). It then moves to the broader question of how one may understand the inflection of ekphrastic poetic works by gallery environments and spaces. Because gallery visits combine both static and dynamic encounters (as the viewer moves or stands still; as numerous people walk through the gallery’s rooms; and as artworks are encountered in various, sometimes close formations) the viewer may be drawn into very different experiences with different artworks. Some may seem to invite an immersive attention while others may give the impression of turning away—or, even, of jostling the viewer. A variety of, sometimes staccato, liminal moments are created, tugging or pulling the viewer and often situating them in-between their ‘reality’ and the reality presented by an artwork. Alternatively, they may find they are situated between an artwork and actual gallery space.

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Journal

Rabbit Poetry Journal

Volume

36

Pagination

1-15

Issue

ART

Publisher

Bowen Street Press: RMIT

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