When you look at a piece of art, what do you see?
Maybe you stand away from the work and admire its shape and form. Maybe you move closer and focus in on brush strokes or chisel markings, the movements that betray its creation.
But what if the work itself was invisible? When, then, would remain?
New to The Artist Studio at One Colorado is Carly Steward, who deconstructs “The Arrangement” and puts the unseen elements of an art exhibition under examination.
And Steward intends to further bend the traditional rules of artistic engagement between gallery space and viewer. Wang reports:
… The museum rule of “don’t touch” doesn’t apply. Patrons are encouraged to contribute to the artistic process by rearranging the installation as they see fit, then documenting their work with a provided digital camera.
Steward’s residency in the One Colorado studio follows on the heels of a stay by artist Christina Pierson, who presented a complementary, if wildly different, installation that focused on another “invisible” motivator. (That’s Pierson, at right, taking photos in the studio.)
Pierson’s “Solar Catch” was powered by the sun’s energy using photographs printed on light-reflective and light-magnifying materials. And, as the sunlight faded each day, the harnessed energy went to work, lighting up the installation from within at night.
Read the full story on “The Arrangement” in our arts and culture issue.
(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz and Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)