Slowing Down for Slow Art Day

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This Saturday, April 8, is Slow Art Day. Around the world, galleries, museums and other institutions will encourage their visitors to spend more time than average with their collections. It has become common to speed walk through exhibits in search of the highlights, and Slow Art Day was enacted to combat this habit. Fifteen seconds is simply not enough time to digest everything that goes into creating a work of art.

In Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has outlined a four-step process for art educators that challenged students to look at a piece of art for 30 seconds, turn their backs, and then try to recall and record everything they had seen. When the students return to the artwork, they notice just how much was missing from their lists–what they had overlooked the first time. Both Harvard and MIT now offer courses that lead classes in mindful looking.

We will have five photographs designated for “slow looking,” at which a minimum of ten minutes is recommended for viewing, per piece. At the end of this 50-minute period, gallery staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Discussions have been scheduled for noon and 3 pm.

You don’t need to know a lot about art to approach it. But by simply looking a little longer, you can learn more than you may expect. Discussing your observations with gallery staff and other visitors this Saturday will teach you even more. By thoroughly engaging with the photographs in our gallery, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how the work was made, why, and how it may relate to work by other artists you have seen.

Below are a few articles related to Slow Art Day:
The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum – New York Times
How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? – Artsy
Practice Looking at Art – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 

New Heroes by Francesco Pergolesi

After living in Turin for a few months, Francesco Pergolesi was inspired to make new photographs. We are excited to share the new images and look forward to showing all three (and more) in March at The Photography show, presented by AIPAD.

Theodore, 2017
Theodore, 2017
Moira, 2017
Moira, 2017
Amelie, 2017
Amelie, 2017

Francesco’s images made 2016-present are available as 4 x 6″ or 10 x 15″ pigment print mounted to plexi, framed and backlit with LED light and 23½ x 35½” pigment print in an editions of 7 + 2 AP’s and 3 + 2 AP’s, respectively. Pieces range in price from $1500 – $4000, depending on size and availability. You can see the entire Heroes series on our website here.

Breakey and Beltrá Featured at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Today is the final day of  Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary presented by Art Miami. If you haven’t made it to the fair yet, now is your last chance. We are featuring eight incredible photographers in our booth (140) and today we will highlight two of them.

Seven Finches on Yukka, 2014 - 2105 © Kate Breakey
Seven Finches on Yukka, 2014 – 2105 © Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey (B. 1957 Adelaide, South Australia) is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. These pieces can be seen in two monographs, Small Deaths (2001) and Flowers/Birds (2003). In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.

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Kate Breakey’s work on view at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
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Daniel Beltrá’s work on view at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Daniel Beltrá’s Iceland and Greenland work is also on view. Daniel is an aerial and conservation photographer and has been documenting the effects of global warming on our landscape for over two decades.

Iceland 10, 2014 © Daniel Beltrá

To see more work we are exhibiting at the fair, click here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.

More Artists Featured at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

We are thrilled to be a part of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary presented by Art Miami. We are featuring eight incredible photographers in our booth (140). Yesterday we highlighted three of them and today we will focus on three more.

Francesco Pergolesi was raised in Spoleto, a small Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. Now splitting his time between Spoleto and Barcelona, Pergolesi creates photographic tableaux inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore.

Luna, Barcelona, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi
Luna, Barcelona, 2016 © Francesco Pergolesi

Floriane deLassée has traveled the world showcasing talents of many people who can carry heavy loads upon their heads. Originally from France, Floriane went to some of the world’s most remote landscapes including East Africa, Ethiopia, and Rwanda in search of subjects for her series, How Much Can You Carry ?.

Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée
Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée
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Work by Francesco Pergolesi, Floriane de Lassée and Gregory Scott at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Gregory Scott builds sets in his studio that serve as his subject. In these sets, he records himself performing a variety of scenarios that are then edited into 6-10 minute videos. The sets are then photographed, and the resulting wall piece is a mounted photograph with a cut out for a monitor on which a video plays, and a painted element appears on the photographic surface. All of the hardware is attached to the inside of the frame, making his works self-contained.

Portraits with Mona, 2015 © Gregory Scott

To see more work we are exhibiting at the fair, click here.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach
For information: Call (800) 376-5850 or visit artpbfair.com

Download a  complimentary pass
for Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary here.