Art Walk – Year Long Art

Last month I had noticed that the Art Walk was building steam, breadth and depth from it’s humble beginnings one year ago.

This month I have actually seen my first mind-bogglingly interesting art display. There were many good pieces along the walk and several great ones. But the one I have to fill this post with is the one I spent most of my time at.

The first year anniversary Art Walk was punctuated by a piece that took 365 days to complete. Violet Hour displayed “The B-Roll” project by Charlie Visnic.

The work chronicles Charlie’s commitment to build or make one creative item every day. A selection of the 365 items produced were arranged along the entire perimeter walls of Violet Hour. On the walls hung photos of varying sizes. Most of the photos were artistic views of the project. Some were artistic products of the project. Some where artistic interpretations, or pictures of drawings of or related to the project.

Each collection of photos was labeled with the day index/title (i.e. “Day 039/Developing Software”). All 365 days were presented.

The projects ranged from the advanced, such as a 3D paper cut or a variety of sound equipment, to the whimsical, such a Rice Crispy Death Star (Day 234).

There was a turntable-scratch device fashioned out of a cassette tape taped to a cardboard card and played over the tape-head of a dismantled cassette deck. There was an amplified finger piano made from a clipped IKEA dish tray, wood veneer and a guitar pickup. There were drawings, portraits, sequences, and diagrams. It was like the creative energy of one man was shining out from the walls, the trajectory of each work intersecting in the viewers mind.

The overall effect is a work of art made from a series of works of craft. No individual item is significantly exceptional. But the sequence of non-exceptional items add up to a work of significance. The series of items chosen, the choices the artist made, are arrayed before you displaying the artists will and determination. The variety of items, from furniture sized automated drawing apparatus to musical instruments on microprocessors or an intricately sculpted pencil lead, display the breadth of conceptual knowledge.

I also appreciated how technology, both old and new, was prominently and unapologetically displayed in the show. I had just come to the show from writing an item called “How Facebook Liberated Egypt” which praises the achievements of technologists, but I thought my experience of the show was atypical. Then Michael Magoski, the curator, spoke on the mic over the music by “The Sweaty Caps” or “Altitude Sickness” and said, “What will you do today? It’s not what the art does on  the wall…”, but in your mind, I thought.

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