Today the family and I went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton because, being a dreary cold day, I was in the mood for some culture. If you spend enough time looking at art you begin to feel saturated by it, as though each painting, sculpture and installation imprints itself on you, exhausting your ability to perceive. This is the feeling I anticipate every time I go to a gallery. My family anticipates boredom.
Though I was the only one particularly enthusiastic about visiting the gallery, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves once we arrived. Although Jadzia was afraid of most of the art. No, really. She hid her head in my shoulder as we browsed through bold colorful paintings, black and white photographs, and African masks. Adam and I tried to tell her that these were just pictures that people had made and weren't likely to come alive, but I don't think she quite grasps the difference between reality and fantasy. She did, however, enjoy the quilts. I was never that into textiles, but seeing my daughter delightedly point at the patchwork of flowers, animals, and colours made the exhibit worthwhile for me.
William seemed inspired, and only a couple of times claimed to be "hungry" (four-year-old code for "bored"). His favourite piece (everyone's favourite actually) was Kim Adams' Bruegel-Bosch Bus, an installation involving an old red VW van covered with various toys, trains, cars, models, etc. (It's on permanent display, so you can go have a gander any time you want). It reminded me of one of those I Spy books. The more I looked at it, the more details emerged. The kids inched closer and closer as they examined the various scenes, and Adam became paranoid that they were going to touch the artwork, especially since a security guard with dreadlocks had been following us around the gallery since we arrived.
By the time we left, we had spent an hour and an a half in the building, seen pretty much everything, and no one had fainted from fright, whined to go home, or destroyed a priceless artifact. I declare the outing a success!