ART OVER THERE
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong
Art over there is a project curated by REBECCA BELL for Slashstroke.
When Alice begins to think of going through the Looking Glass into the world beyond, one of the main things that attracts her is the sight of the open drawing room door leading into the passage. She is intrigued by the fact that, as far as she can see it looks just the same as the one in her world, but that is only as far as she can see in the reflection. What of the places beyond, unseen at the end of the corridor? Alice is playing with perspective, that great multifarious concept which Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid’s Tale called “necessary” for “otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bed sheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere.”
“Over There” is a form of perspective meaning many things, especially in art. Art explores geography, psychology, history, the physical and metaphysical: from here to there and back again, not to mention the vast territory of formal values in between. It’s too large to locate in one place and so this series of images and articles aims to explore what it can mean. But how to begin? To return to Lewis Carroll, we could ‘Begin at the beginning,’ [as] the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ But there is no end to this exploration, so let us begin at the beginning and keep going.
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