Made a trip from York with eager anticipation after we had heard so much about the Baltic but we were really disappointed. Three floors out of five floors were closed. David Jablonowski's exhibition claimed "to investigate the history and potential of communication in visual art". This comprised some large slabs of stone, a printing press, some bits of film etc - and for me lacked any aesthetic to pull these items together - in fact it was so uninspiring and unable to connect with people that the gallery had recourse to some enthusiastic workers doing their best to explain it to visitors. The other gallery had some paintings by Maciejowski whose paintings "deliberately abandon traditional subject matter... to examine its role in todays cultural world" - not really much of an eyeopener this either, neither experimental, innovative or particularly painterly or exquisite. The most lively bit of the whole place was the children's learning floor - lots of kids doing colourfu lcreatve things and having fun - a contrast tot the gloomy taciturn faces of the adults going through the motions of walking round trying to appreciate so-called serious art in the other galleries. The best bit of the Baltic was the view over the Tyne with a coffee from the viewing box on level six.
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