What the pandemic has taught me about art and being an artist.
Most would agree that art is best experienced live, whether it is 3-dimensional or is visually tactile if 2-dimensional. On-line virtual exhibits leave much to be desired. This, however has attempted to keep artists and lovers of art connected during the fifteen months (depending how you count it) of pandemic lockdown. I appreciate the efforts that have gone into making it happen and I have participated in some of these locally. One was at the Burnett Gallery of the Jones Library in Amherst, MA and the other at the Gateway City Arts Gallery in Holyoke, MA. Unfortunately, there is little to no feedback on how these exhibits were received. Now that the constant threat of the pandemic has eased, I am feeling more hopeful for “live art” again.
I participated in the Windows Into Art in Amherst, which is exhibit space in commercial windows in the downtown for the summer months of June through August. I have a tall sculpture “Enredadera” in the new Mexcalito restaurant. This was accompanied by an afternoon on the Amherst Common, celebrating art and music. While there, I came to realize the importance of not only displaying “live art” but being able to share, in person, the ideas and the process that go into a piece. Art is now personalized and meaningful, not only for the viewer but for the artist.
Three cheers for reality art.