“Reflections on Perceptions” on view at the Akron Art Museum

It’s hard to really know where ideas come from.

Even well-documented moments in history like the invention of the telephone or the light bulb are being retold and retold in new and different ways. We are often left wondering what encouraged the ideas to become reality and what helped create the various mental connections.

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The arts can help create connections and stimulate ideas, especially when you consider the unique ways visual artists approach the creation of their work.

“Reflections on Perception,” on display at the Akron Art Museum through September 11, 2022, is an exhibit that “invites viewers to explore how artists use a variety of reflective surfaces, from tranquil lakes to windows, to create complex compositions.” This description does not adequately match the pieces included in this exhibit.

On display are a variety of fascinating works that tell intriguing and exciting stories. They often have a complex background full of research and innovation.

Matt Bollinger.

The museum has gone the extra mile to create labels that help tell a more comprehensive story of the pieces. On each label is the typical information about the selected work with its title, date and medium, but also includes details of composition, artist and process. Each part of the label has its own sub-heading.

This may seem like a small addition, but when you’re showing works that involve processes and interesting artistic perspectives and motivations, choosing to create tags that are so informative helps make the viewer’s experience better and helps set this one apart. display.

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