2012 Ways of Seeing: Re-visioning sculpture, landscape and community

“To look is an act of choice…the way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.”
– John Berger

This exhibition pays homage to the 40th anniversary of a classic text by writer John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972), that has had a profound international influence on the nature of seeing, vision and looking at art and art history. Selected artists have revisited the dialogue between the notion of ‘seeing’, ‘spectatorships’ and ‘looking’.

  • How can we re-vision and look again, more closely and in a more refined and even ‘ethical’ way at fundamental concepts of sculpture and its relationship to nature?
  • In what senses can monumental sculpture open up new ways of seeing landscape and in the process, become part of the delicate balance of aesthetic and social relations that a mountain community experiences in the presence of public art works?

Berger, who lives in a remote French Alps community, powerfully argued that the act of seeing and looking is a socially and culturally conditioned choice, an active and not passive process.

– Text by 3-D Curator Paul Goodwin