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

 

Artist Talk with Serge Najjar

We are excited about our newest Artist Talk featuring Serge Najjar. In the video, Serge and Catherine discuss his background and what inspires him to photograph buildings in Lebanon. A Closer Look at the Ordinary runs through February 25.

Please feel free to share this video. We love making these Artist Talks and when you share them, you help us to keep making new ones!

Behind the Scenes and Inside the Artist Studio with Clarissa Bonet

We’ve received a lot of questions recently about where and how Clarissa Bonet makes the photographs included in her first solo show, City Space + Stray Light. She describes her process in her Artist Talk and in several interviews recently published (Lensculture, Chicago Magazine, Lenscratch, Aint Bad, Dodho). We decided to show you Clarissa’s process using behind the scene photos. We follow her from photographing a new image to making a final print in her studio.

Clarissa begins each photograph for her City Space series by walking around Chicago for hours. She records her experiences with an iPhone and takes notes about the buildings, light and pedestrians. She then uses her notes to recreate dramatic moments and experiences with hired models. The final photographs are carefully staged memories that appear to be snapshots of every day life in the city.

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Clarissa on the streets of Chicago making new images for her ongoing series City Space

In her Stray Light series, Clarissa shoots in several different cities at night (Chicago, NY and LA). Each image contains an array of glowing windows.

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Clarissa shooting in LA. Photo © Luis Bueno
Clarissa shooting in NYC Photo © Luis Bueno
Clarissa shooting in NYC Photo © Luis Bueno

The work continues next in her studio. Clarissa scans her negatives for City Space and begins creating test prints.

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Clarissa scanning negatives
Clarissa creating test prints
Clarissa creating test prints

And now that she is back in the studio, the Stray Light images are ready to be created! Each image contains many windows and lights that are the source materials for new photographs. Clarissa isolates and saves each window or light separately, creating a large archive of images from one city. She then spends many hours layering these images together to create her own constellation of windows. Once completed, she begins the process of printing each image.

Clarissa selecting and archiving windows
Clarissa selecting and archiving windows
2016_studio_clarissabonet Clarissa spends hours on the computer editing files.
Clarissa spends hours on the computer editing files.
No matter how much time Clarissa spends with an image on the computer, she still prints it several times before she considers it complete.

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Clarissa printing new images and viewing the prints on the wall in her studio
You can see all of Clarissa’s work on our website, and they are even better in person! Her show is on view at the gallery until October 29!

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Artist Talk with Clarissa Bonet

We are very excited about our newest Artist Talk featuring Clarissa Bonet. In the video, Clarissa and Catherine discuss how the city inspires her and influences her work. City Space + Stray Light runs through October 29.

Please feel free to share this video. We love making these Artist Talks and when you share them, you help us to keep making new ones!

Chat Room Episode 18: Industry – Paul Klein

Catherine Edelman and Paul Klein discuss how he became an art coach, and what he provides artists to help them be successful.

Please feel free to share this video! We love making them and when you share our videos, you help us to continue making new ones! New episodes are released biweekly on Saturdays; subscribe to the podcast through iTunes and PodBean or watch the videos on Vimeo and our website!

Chat Room is a web series featuring Catherine Edelman in discussion with curators, artists and industry professionals. Catherine will talk about artists, trends, the politics of the business and offer the public an inside view about what goes on in the gallery and museum worlds. The public is encouraged to email the gallery with questions that they would like answered. Email questions to info@edelmangallery.com. Any and all topics are welcome.

James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions Answered by Jonna Kina

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with his list of Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

This week we feature Jonna Kina’s answers to these questions. Her video, Secret Words and Related Stories, is included in our current exhibit, Still Moving. Jonna’s video piece is a collection of anonymous passwords and the stories behind them, read by young actors between the ages of 12-16 years old. These are thoughtful, humorous, and emotional stories about a chosen word that often discloses personal information, which is the antithesis of its purpose. We also featured Jonna’s photographs as part of Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline. Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.06.37 PM

1.     What is your favorite word?
Yes

2.     What is your least favorite word?
No

3.     What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Lightness

4.     What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Heaviness

5.     What sound or noise do you love?
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6.     What sound or noise do you hate?
Sound of war

7.     What is your favorite curse word?
Perkele

8.     What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A Private detective

9.     What profession would you not like to do?
A Professional Space traveler

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Long time no see”Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.15.14 PMYou can watch Secret Words and Related Stories on our website or visit the gallery to see it in person! Still Moving runs through September 2.

Chat Room Episode 17: Industry – Roberta Kramer

In this episode, Catherine Edelman and Roberta Kramer, of Roberta Kramer & Associates, discuss the role of art appraisers and how values are determined.

Please feel free to share this video! We love making them and when you share them, you help us to keep making new ones! New episodes are released biweekly on Saturdays; subscribe to the podcast through iTunes and PodBean or watch the videos on Vimeo and our website!

Chat Room is a web series featuring Catherine Edelman in discussion with curators, artists and industry professionals. Catherine will talk about artists, trends, the politics of the business and offer the public an inside view about what goes on in the gallery and museum worlds. The public is encouraged to email the gallery with questions that they would like answered. Email questions to info@edelmangallery.com. Any and all topics are welcome.