LitDesign is a visual exploration into the relationship between literary arts and space. Whether out in nature, on the page, through architecture or somewhere out of this world—language is the space in which we, at the innermost, dwell.
German photographer, Thomas Struth, is most well known for his Museum Photographs. This is a series of large format photographs shown to ask the question, do people really know what they are looking at when it comes to art, or are they just looking to look? His question is a long observed mystery by most artists. How does one communicate exactly what they want, or do they want it to be ambiguous?
As I was shuffling my way around Art Basel day two I could not help asking myself this question that Thomas Struth asked the world. Do the people here realized the significance of this work? Do they realize that in some cases they are staring at a representation of a person who has changed art history? Irving Penn, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, the list goes on and on of artists I was lucky enough to see work of today. Still, this Thomas Struth question hung over my head, do people understand what they are looking at?
Everyone was taking pictures of the work, but were they seeing the work? Were they moving toward some meaning, or did they just enjoy the texture and the pretty colors? We live our lives trying to document something that we may never have the chance to see again, so why bother? Why not be happy that you have the opportunity to see this beautiful art, in person, right now? I can promise you the way Juan Genoves used paint to create 3D characters in his painting will not look as impressive tomorrow morning on your phone, or the way Tony Oursler mixes photography, music, and sculpture into one beautiful composition will not sound the same on your tiny speaker. Take a deep breath, look, listen, and be changed. Art is here to help, so open your eyes and hearts to its messages.
LitDesign is a visual exploration into the relationship between literary arts and space. Whether out in nature, on the page, with architecture or somewhere out of this world—language is the space in which we, at the innermost, dwell.