Art for the Long Haul

Today is our wedding anniversary and love is in the air! In honor of the day we thought we’d share some projects that—like this partnership—are in it for the LONG haul. The only project Luke and I have that is ongoing (besides Rabble & Twine, the biggest project of them all) are photo books of all the notable moments and memories we make for our anniversary each year. I gave one to Luke on our first anniversary, and it’s a tradition we’ve decided to keep upFamily yearbooks are a trendy thing, and I know I’m not inventing this idea. There are no new ideas under the sun.. I love looking back and realizing how much we’ve done, places we’ve traveled; seeing just how many singular moments make up a full year. I think it’s great the photos get to live outside our phones and computers. Digital records are fine, but what can I say? I’m old school like that. I like to imagine looking back when we’re old, gray, and squinting to make out the photographs.

As we finished up our book for this year (solid year, btw) it got me thinking about creative projects/art pieces that play or played the long game. I’m talking more than just a selfie every day for a year. I bet people are doing that unintentionally in our culture nowadays. Although, JK Keller has been doing it for 16 years and plans to do it until the day he steps on a rainbow. Impressive, right?Check out Keller’s long list of related photo projects to delve further

*snaps fingers* Hey! Over here!

We live in such an instant gratification world these days. Audiences don’t always want to invest/dedicate the time for art. You wouldn’t believe how often this topic comes up in our interviews and conversations with other artists. Getting an audience to sit still and listen/observe/be present in the artistic experience is a common thread of struggle. People read the headlines not the articles. More and more when I go to shows or museums I see people with their phones out, taking pictures and filtering the experience through the small screen in their hands. I love documentation as much as the next girl but there’s a time, a limit, and a place. At one of the last shows we went to we stood next to a dude who spent most of the show writing an email on his blackberry (yeah…a blackberry). Once you pull that phone out it’s a slippery slope. All of a sudden you’re scrolling your newsfeed, checking your e-mail, and reading this post on R&TIf you are at an artistic event or someplace else that requires your attention, please stop reading and be present where you are. We’ll be here for ya later..

Art to the rescue!

Of course, we’re not the only one to notice this phenomena, and there are plenty of examples of artists who have played the long game. I appreciate the reminder to slow down, not just as an audience member, but in all aspects of life. This is where art as a medium of understanding the world really shines.

Here are some of our favorite examples

…of ART ON A LONG TIME SCALE [insert your own echo]. Honestly, I can’t imagine tackling this substantial of an artistic undertaking.

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