Gloomy Weather and Gloomy Art

Today I decided that I would venture into the world of Sydney’s contemporary art scene. If I’m being honest, I don’t really like modern art. It often feels underwhelming, amateur, and confusing. I mean, shouldn’t it at the very least feel impressive? … or like a talent/skill was involved?

Tangent: I remember being in the Dallas Museum of Art when they had a modern piece of sticky notes stuck on a wall. Not in any order that made visual or emotional sense – just smacked on all willy nilly. How exactly is that considered art?

But that opens the very heated discussion of, “What is art?”

I love this discussion, and maybe it’s also why I love art. Art is subjective.

In math 2 + 2 = 4. No ifs, ands, or buts about it – it’s just fact. But with art, it can mean so many different things to different people. It’s open for conversation and interpretation. But it also means drawing a line on “art” can get really gray.

Today I was feeling artsy and adventurous, so I hopped the train to Circular Quay station and walked to the museum. As I was walking along, a big storm was building overhead. I pulled out my camera and was able to capture a little bit of the booming craziness.

Inside the museum I also found a little bit of craziness.

I kept an open mind as I walked through the museum rooms. Stopping myself from judging too quickly, I really evaluated everything equally. I just had a hard time with random things being called art. As I was turning a corner, I couldn’t tell if this box was the museum’s trash can or an art installation.


It was an art installation.


Ultimately, I didn’t leave the museum as a converted contemporary lover. But I did have one small insight that I thought I’d share.

Most modern art is trying to communicate something specific. Though the art piece might be ambiguous and undeveloped, the artist probably has a stance or feeling fully developed in their heart. And though it might be an abnormal way to communicate it, I find the true skill lies within the time it took to develop their thoughts on that matter.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my way of trying to wrap my head around the idea that this is considered art.

Hi, I’m so glad you’re on my site! My name is Meagan, and I write about my traveling adventures and finding beauty in each day. For more info about me, click here!

Meagan Tilley

I believe that every day is a day that matters – even just enjoying the little things. Whether that’s traveling to the top cities across the world or binge watching Gilmore Girls. To read more, click the About Me page!

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