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Back to basics

September 17, 2009

The question that often haunts may people is “why is that art?” Although many, many answers can be found, one recently fell into my lap that was easy for me to wrap my head around.

I was listening to David Ford from WFDD interview Artist Mark Jenkins and SECCA Curator Steven Matijcio. The overall topic of the interview was Mark Jenkins public art — what it is and what impact it has. That led into a more general discussion of public art and then art in general.

Steven summed it all up by saying, “Indifference is the ultimate enemy of art.”

If we take that statement to heart, then if a piece of art garners a reaction, it has, in part, done its job. Art can also enrich our lives, give us different perspectives on our day-to-day environment and much more. But first — the viewer has to take notice. The viewer must step out of himself, out of his zone, away from his iPhone and just take notice.

To me, the intersection where the artist presents his work and the viewer takes notice is the first step in creating a bridge of communication that can help answer why the artist felt he or she needed to make the statement that his work is depicting and why it is worth our noticing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alesia permalink
    September 29, 2009 8:51 pm

    I wish I lived near Winston-Salem to have experienced some of Mark’s installations. How fun to be walking, driving around the city and come across these unexpected scenarios! Do you have pictures?

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