Tomás Quintero: Gallery Talk

“There’s more to the art in the exhibit than what meets the eye,” I said to a humester attending the event. As I said those words, I caught myself saying something out of the ordinary. 

To give some context, I’m not an artistic person, nor do I have much of an appreciation for art. It has been quite a struggle for me,  both in art class and with my parents, who are very artistically oriented. Normally I dread going to art museums and galleries, I wind up feeling tired and uninspired afterward. I just don’t appreciate them the way I should since people work very hard on their creations. While I attended this art gallery opening for The Speed of Thinking and The days of yesterday are all numbered in sum, I noticed that they are connected to the topics and readings that we’ve been working on in class. 

When I was looking at The Speed of Thinking, a modernesque exhibit that ties digital media and current events together, I noticed something in the cargo ship game: there was a theme of greed and desire and the inherent consequences that result from it. These observations are related to what Marx was talking about: people want things (the cargo ship receives cargo) and there are consequences (sea levels rise and natural resources are depleted) from the decisions that are made.

In The Days Of Yesterday Are All Numbered In Sum, I noticed another theme: history is told from the scraps that survive to tell the story something that Professor Quillen has talked about during lectures in the past. The artist who made this art utilized techniques that are both ancient and contemporary, such as using cochineal and steel plates. The artist presented a message through his art and that captivated my mind: “This moment is a direct product of the past, while the future remains dependent on our currents choices.”

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