"There was once an art which was conceived for the museums, and the fact that museums look like mausolea may actually reveal to us the attitude we've had towards art in the past. It was a form of paying respect to the dead." - Allen Kaprow
There is an art that lives perfectly where I experience it, perhaps because on some level it resembles this space. The Internet, unfolding and expanding like the universe, as vast, boundless and unknowable as the sky or the horizon line at the edge of the sea, has become the place I like most to experience art. It allows for a conversation in a language that goes beyond the physical, a conversation that is intimate, open-ended and always available.
The work of Los Angles-based artist, Emilie Halpern, addresses themes of grandeur, romance and poetic beauty in nature. Her pieces invite sustained contemplation and, though object-based, are at root conceptual which makes them translate well to the Internet. Yesterday and Tomorrow is a pair of color photographs of the same image in a double-sided frame that hangs perpendicular to the wall. The image is of the ocean between the islands of Samoa and Tonga on the International Date Line, imaginary line on the surface of the earth where the date changes as one travels east or west across it. One side of the image depicts the Somoa side of this line: Yesterday. The other is the Tonga side: Tomorrow. As viewers walk around the piece, they are time traveling.
Toronto artist Maryanne Casasanta uses the Internet as the main outlet for her work which explores the connection between art and the commonplace. Her work feels at once intimate and personal while remaining essentially opaque and mysterious. In As You Were, she uses photography to document personal spaces and temporary installations she has made in her home. When viewing the work at a computer in my home, I am intensely aware of all the missing barriers that would be present in a gallery or institutional setting.
David Horvitz is an artist based in Brooklyn whose work is filled with implicit movement. He uses the Internet as a platform for daily actions, exploring distance and limits through photography, participation-based projects and collaborations. Walk Into The Sun is a series of five photographs that shows the artist walking towards and then disappearing into the sun's glare shimmering on the ocean.
The photographic work of Sam Falls is expressive and almost painterly with strong conceptual undertones. The title of his piece, Color and Temperature, hints at meaning and brings to mind Jung's theory of the shadow personality. The first time I saw this image, it immediately inspired some research about Jung in Wikipedia, one of the resources which, for me, is increasingly a part of experiencing art on the Internet. The tendency to follow and indulge these intuitive responses always leads me further and makes me aware of the difference between being and becoming.
Matt Olson is co-founder of ROLU, a design studio located in Minneapolis that is focused on landscape design. Its practice also extends to relational architectural projects, urban planning work and innovative collaborative public art. He blogs daily about architecture, art, design and culture at ROLU BLOG and writes a bi-monthly column about art and visual culture for Threshold, a joint site for the AIA-MN (American Institute of Architects) and MASLA (MN - American Society of Landscape Architects). Scattered Light by ASDF, the 1st Annual ROLU Commission, was a call and answer photography project with 191 participants and 552 submissions from all over the world. Its exhibition at Art of This gallery recently closed.