Some thought-provoking ideas of “Distances”, the theme of the virtual faculty Art show.
What does it mean? Most likely it means something different to each of us. One thing is clear, however, there is a marked difference AND distance in the way we live today from just a year ago. We must maintain “Social Distance”, This has created distances in our relationships, and even our perspective on the world around us. “Distances” refers to linear and space, dynamic and static, rhythm and beat.
To me, Distances is real and ethereal at the same time. A line drawn with pencil (or brush) is both physical and captures a framed moment in time. The next line then lays upon the former and captures a second and overlaying frame of time. The two lines are then joined by a third and fourth and a texture is created. By the time the drawing (or painting) is completed the first lines or brush strokes are ‘buried deep within the time and physical body of the work, yet have helped form the structure of the overall work and the distance in time from the initial marks to the finished piece may have taken days or weeks. The creation involved both the physical skillset and the creative and imaginative time/space/experience that contained the production of the work. Distances past present future. An artwork can have the illusion of spatial depth, space, distance as can an artfully penned poem or story.
Another thought: Straight line distance from Philadelphia, PA to Beijing, China is 6,824 miles. Two hundred years ago the trip would have taken weeks while today the trip is only a matter of a few days or even hours depending on mode of travel. Then there is memory and distance, have you ever said “When I think back…” the farther back in time we go the greater the distance in memory.
Now we have “Virtual Reality”. Is this an alternate world? How far away is it? Is the Virtual Gallery real? How does it exist in time or is it there only when you/me/we are viewing it?
What are your thoughts? Express them in the Cheyney University Virtual Art Gallery.
Professor Joel T. Keener