Cranky Letter Department
I hate Zoom.
This nonsense of sitting in front of a com-
puter and staring at artwork on a screen instead of staring at the real artwork is getting pretty old.
While I’m at it, I hate sitting in front of a computer looking at a face in a little box instead of looking at a real face .
Moreover I hate looking at art on a screen, Zoom or not.
One of the pundits said that the history of art as you see it in a textbook is really the history of artwork that will reproduce well in a quarter-page illustration. Michelangelo's David is the same size as a Japanese netsuke. My addition to that is that all artwork looks the same represented by a 1024x960 pixel jpeg on a computer screen with unknown color balance.
All that said, just today I watched a lecture by Todd Hido (photographer in the Bay area) arranged by the art gallery of the University of Kentucky. About 100 peo- ple attended from all over the western world. I regularly attend a critique hosted by a Portland (Oregon) photographer — with attendees from upstate New York, Tennessee, Burnaby BC, northern California, Chicago, Calgary.
I guess that Zoom and it’s ilk have a place, an important place. But, dang! It’s not the only place.
Back to the real world ASAP
Karen L Smith
3/10/2021 12:27:44 pm
I'm tired of Zoom meetings, too, but let's give credit where it is due. Zoom has allowed us AU Artists to exchange ideas and thoughts and, yes, art on a screen. But, if you have a web site, isn't that art on a screen? I, for one, will be delighted to go back to in person meetings, but I must admit that Zoom has allowed me to explore a lot that I wouldn't have without COVID and Zoom.
3/10/2021 01:28:04 pm
Yeah, Zoom has its place. Yes a website is art on a screen (I'm not keen on that either) When I hold a matted silver print up next to the screen ---- the digital image doesn't compare very well. And that's with a photograph -- flat surface. Look at a Norman Lundin painting on a screen -- and then remember that the actual painting is about 3x4 feet with a surface texture. (sigh)
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