Remember that English is my second language so please be lenient.
I really think that it is the coffee. There is a change of attitude in our guests at our Victoria BC b and b. Some time the change is as dramatic as the change between chrysalides and butterfly. They arrive quietly to the Peacock Parlor to wait a few minutes until breakfast is announced. It is here where usually they have the first taste of my café or tea. In a minute a lively chat can be heard from the dinning room where I am organizing the last details. To help the digestive system to start I like to let the door of the kitchen open so the smell of the freshly made scones that Don has been making since the early hours of the day have permission to invade every room and surely will find a receptive nose.
The talks start later almost at the end of the breakfast. It is how we human show our practicality, let’s first deal with these delicious pancakes and those wonderful sausages and we will talk later about how we can solve the problems of the world.
It is because our bed and breakfast embraces art in all its corners that this is an important subject at the end of our meals. The guests don’t need to have degrees or read an “Art for dummies” kind of book in order to participate. It is good at least to have an opinion, respect for someone who knows more than you and finally humbleness for who don’t know and is willing to learn. And if this person doesn’t want to learn another cup of café may help to solve the problem.
One thing that I have learned as an artist since I am at Albion Manor is to be approachable to others. And that is something that many people appreciate because they can ask questions about difficult contemporary art and I explained in simple language if only because English is not my mother tongue and my repertoire of words is some how limited to plain vocabulary.
I have to say that contemporary art is difficult as it should be since we, as humans, gradually in all our fields became more sophisticated. You can not ask a Nobel Prize in mathematics to forget about all those complicated operations and return to old good additions and subtractions. Could you?
In the same way it would be wrong to assume that past times expressions of arts were easier to understand. This is wrong in two levels. One we think that we understand confronting a work of art of the XVI centuries because we as a society already has absorbed what the artist wanted to say and therefore we see it immediately other question would be if the people contemporary to that artist understood what he (unfortunately not he/she) wanted to say.