It isn’t common for a reviewer to step into an installation of a new piece. It’s an event that is reserved for an artist and their crew to finalize a work in often a most tedious afternoon. It is taking all the beauty and frustration in building the piece and resolving it through usually difficult means (great art is often ambitious) into something made for an audience.
Building art is a multi-step process. Coming up with a great idea is what makes someone creative. Committing enough to that idea to go through the process of sourcing the material, producing the media, and then merging all of these together is what makes someone a maker. The final bit: the installation into a public space where the work sits not just in the imagination or studio of the artist, but provides comment on some feature of our modern existence thereby turning itself into the commentary – this is art.
I was invited today to join emerging media artist Dwight Storring to the installation of his new digital story, Messages ::: From Generation to Generation (Facebook invite) – a part of IMPACT13 (an international theatre festival in Kitchener Ontario). These rare pre-show moments have none of the intimacy of experiencing the work as pure audience, and all of the grit of watching the final pieces of a very complicated site-specific installation come to resolution.
In this particular part of the process, Canadian artist Gareth Lichty was there to assist with the installation. Like many other aspects of the arts, collaboration and assistance in some of these more challenging steps comes from artist peers.