Part art installation, part performance residency and part travelling archive, Voices at Hand is an ongoing project examining the essence of why we keep letters.
Unpredictable and spontaneous, personal yet wonderfully public; artist Wendy Trusler's blog posts chronicle her day to day finds from one city to the next.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
But is it Art? Day 4 Trent
I flubbed a line in my artist talk on Friday night. Not to
worry, the crowd was too gracious to make any mention; either that or they
thought I was being esoteric. I
think it was the former.
My quip fell flat when I said, “Voices at Hand isn’t exactly
a Frank Lloyd Webber production.” Of course it isn’t, Frank Lloyd Webber
doesn’t exist! “It isn’t exactly an Andrew Lloyd Webber production” is what I
thought came out of my mouth until I later at home, when it came to me and I
confirmed it with my husband.
Perhaps it was too dramatic a comparison to begin with?
Unnecessary even? Certainly it was too long. No more three part names for me.
Why Webber you ask?
As I wrapped up my talk I posed the question “But is it art?” “Is it
performance?” is the close cousin to this question, at least with this project.
The context for the question was a telephone conversation I
had with friend who called to say she would not be able to attend the reception.
She apologized and then added, “I
guess you been so busy with Voices at
Hand you don’t have much time for your art?”
There you have it, a question I know many must think,
especially since I’ve chosen to conduct this exploration and present the work
outside art gallery walls. As I wound down my talk I thought it was worthwhile
to open up a discussion by asking what many are too polite to ask.
What do you think blog world?Is it art? How do we know when
art is doing its job?
It’s important to know how you feel. It’s important to know
what you think! And then be prepared to switch it up from time to time. Stop by if you are anywhere near Gzowski College today and
tomorrow and we can talk about it.