Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
Published October 13th 2011
Things became even more interesting once we went down the escalators. It must have been the contemporary art section that we stumbled into. The first thing we saw was a crowd of figures in a white room. Some were standing, and looked as if they were looking down at something. Two of them were on the floor, sitting down. To me and my mum's surprise, one of the figures was an experimental artwork, and the other of the figures was a fellow visitor of the art gallery, who must have gotten tired or was responding to the artwork in an interesting way. The experimental artwork was of a lifelike girl with dark hair. However, what was not so ordinary about her was the fact that her skin was covered with hair, as well as the fact that she was holding some kind of indiscernible but fleshlike object.
There were other challenging artworks in the contemporary art section, for example, one resembled a giant, overwhelming, furry, impenetrable black garden that looked both scary (because of the fact that it was completely black, a rather threatening colour) and comforting (because of the fact that it looked like it was made of the same materials as soft toys) at the same time. The challenging nature of contemporary art is something that both intrigues and repulses me at the same time. While it confounds me that artists have to resort to provoking emotions in complex ways in the contemporary art scene, my sense of curiosity always wants to be able to experience and understand every artwork that is made available to me.
In summation, in my knowledge, the Museum of Contemporary Art is currently undergoing renovations so if you feel like visiting an art gallery, look for a smaller one, or go to the Art Gallery of New South Wales instead. There are always some exhibitions that stay relatively the same at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. However, if you have the determination, you will eventually find the more contemporary artworks, which will most likely inspire an emotional response from within you.