We're standing on a precipice. Art makes you think, good art does. Would you think that this nine foot hole in the Gavin Brown Gallery in NYC is art? Urs Fischer's Eye-Opening Moment, according to NYMagazine's Best in Culture issue looking over the year in art, wrote: Transforming art? What does this say? NYMagazine writes:
But presciently, it was just as much a precipice for us and for the art world, since this was going to be the state of the world for the year to come: We’d all be poised on the edge—politically, psychically, financially, and aesthetically. The stark gesture was simultaneously surreal, loving, violent, and audacious. Fischer shattered perceptual space, destabilized our relationship to art and art galleries, overturned ideas about the market, and made us understand that all that is solid melts into air, that something momentous was coming.
Having moved from NYC to Santa Fe after intensively studying the changes in media and journalism, digital life is taking us to new places. While NYC is so forward, especially in the arts, Santa Fe is one of the world's top art markets, as well. But the art that we find here that intrigues me most is that of the Indians who were culturally based in an oral culture with symbols and signs, stories and dance while so much of the world for centuries has been dependent on text for cultural transmission. I see this, too, as I work with the objects in the International Folk Art Museum. Our ideas of art are having to be redefined. "Wall Power" was the term used by one person in discussing the lower sales figures for this year's Art Basel Miami Beach. Fisher's deep hole certainly took the power of art off the wall.
So as we move into digital literacy, the visual is transformed and art becomes malleable, mixable, less fixed and intangible. So Fischer's artistic statement puts us on the precipice, the ledge, of looking at our idea of art in a completely different way - the idea that everything solid melts into air. Digital art could be like that, couldn't it? Like the pots of the pueblo indians, decorated with symbols and signs that they read as we read latin letters textually, the used up vessels are shattered and returned to the earth or recycled into new pots when their use ends. The Indians have always considered everything to contain life and to be changeable.