As my classmates and I were wandering around the Walker, we were lead to a piece by Mark Swanson titled ‘Looking Back Buck’. Almost immediately my eyes were hit by the shiny disco ball qualities rendered on the skin of a buck. Right then and there I knew this would be the piece I would not understand, and as others began to proclaim their love for this piece I began to wonder if I was looking at the piece with the wrong mind set. Therefore, I waited for the dozen to explain the meaning of this glittery buck to me. The dozen had something along the lines of this to say: the buck represented the artist turning his back to hunting, and his interests beginning to develop in a different direction. Despite the intriguing story behind this piece, all I could envision it as was a buck that had shiny sparkly skin, which was reminiscent of a disco ball. Furthermore, it also fails the quality I consider important in critiquing art, which is that the art or design must be able to stand on its own without any further explanation regarding the intent of the artist. Hence the ‘Looking Back Buck’ was my least favorite piece.
Image courtesy of: http://calendar.walkerart.org/canopy.wac?id=5894