The exhibit is 9 distinct displays of contemporary art, each by a different artist, and each in a separate room of the gallery. The artists were asked to use only one item to create their work. For example, artist Tara Donovan used a million white plastic index cards to create this:
|source: the Renwick Gallery|
Don't worry -- the gallery encouraged photography during this exhibit. If you live or are visiting DC, it is worth your time. And, it's free!
Each piece of art will be dismantled in the next few months. So that got me thinking. All that talent and design and effort and materials and then, the work will be dismantled. That idea bothered me. But, then I thought that if these amazingly talented "real" artists can design just for the pleasure of doing so, why can't stampers?
I've always felt constrained by the idea that I should only make cards that would be mailed, or a tag that would go on an actual gift. After seeing that exhibit, I'm thinking that making cards or tags or whatever is just creating little pops of art with no value other than the fun of making and sharing them.
And that can be my own little wonderful.