Good Reaction Essay Example
Before this discussion, a brief description of the artist, Marcus Harvey is to be viewed. Marcus Harvey presented an art painting of Myra in a number of shows. He is a citizen of Britain born in 1963 in a small town called Leeds and a young artist and painter who work lives in the hearts of all who see it. In addition to Myra painting, there was another painting that still makes him popular among the people in the world. Some of these paintings include; 'The Führer's Cakes' at Galleria Marabini in Bologna 'Snaps' at White Cube in London, 'Sex and the British' at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg and ' London Calling (Tom 26).
Marcus Harvey was raised in a small place in Leeds, went to Allerton Grange High School, completed in 1986 from Goldsmiths College in 1986. He is also a former student of Leeds College of Art from where his passion for art began. It is from Leeds College of Art that he initiated a strong friendship with Damien Hirst. His fame came as a result of one of his painting called Myra. The art piece size was 9 by 11 feet and 2.7 by 3.4 m respectively in his attempt to demonstrate the Moors Murderer, Myra Hindley. His painting was attacked two times that prompted for repair.
The response to this art piece is portrayed in many different ways depending on individuals. From an angry mob point of response, anger demonstration in the form of destruction of the art piece on two different occasions is shown. The murderer of the moors portrayed in the Myra painting shows this act of Myra as evil. Hence this brings the question, is combat ion of evil in society possible to zero tolerance? The answer is yes if we all work together. In an emotional reaction to this act, tears flowed as hearts grieved for this serious act portrayed in the art painting of Myra. This cry is a heartfelt one. Culture, on the other hand, affects response to this painting in those different cultures portrays morality differently. To a culture that takes killing as an abomination, the response to this painting is portrayed negatively that is such cultures are not supportive of such terrible acts. The painting faces criticism from the crowd in relation to the display of pictures of dead children who were victims of the Moors Murderer. The perpetual result of this display is the opening up of healing wounds of victims of such child murder, in turn bringing terrible trauma to the victims (Tom 38).
The discussion on this painting describes reason one feels a certain way about the painting; Representation, first the painting presents a true story of five children who were victims of the Moors Murderer and the crime committed. What makes this a serious and a traumatic crime is the nature in which the killing happened. For young children who were innocent, such killing as throat cutting is a terrible assault. The painting also presents the how some of these children were abused sexually before finally meeting their death. Therefore, bringing mixed reactions and aggressiveness among viewers. Worse still in Harvey’s comment about Myra, he portrays Myra as an innocent person. He describes her as not the actual killer but because of her engagement in a marriage with a killer she was pinned.
When first viewed, the art piece looked like a black and white picture that has been produced by newspapers with a magnified format. This photo was produced using a clip of a child’s hand to make an output layer of black, grey, and white hand geometry. This therefore created an outstanding police picture of a deformed face of Myra Hindley having plucked hair after her arrest in the year 1965 much as it was presumed that she was taken for trial.
Harvey’s painting became hard to handle after its display in the Young British Artist exhibition where he presented his art piece. Reason being, it attracted serious emotional feelings on the viewers. The term sick" and "disgusting" is used by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to refer to the crime portrayed in the Myra painting.
Harvey’s art painting of Myra is compared with Andy Warhol’s with 36 feet and thirteen top wanted men that is made up of magnified images produced by New York police force. This painting is a reminder of serious evil in society. It explains that much as there is tremendous effort to fight crime and protect innocent children; concrete steps must be taken in combating such crimes (Alison 30).
The artwork demonstrates an aggressive act of murder that was inflicted on young children and a defense for criminal because the face of Myra is shown as an aggressive figure and the gravity of the assault she inflicted on these young ones. This is from my point of view.
Alison Young ,"Judging the Image: Art, Value, Law". Routledge, January, 2005
Tom Anderson “A Structure for Pedagogical Art Criticism” A journal of issues and research. Vol. 30, No. 1, Autumn, 1988