While slow movements have garnered attention and interest over the years, Slow Art Day is an annual event that may not be on every one’s radars, but is in fact very easy to embrace and celebrate.
The Slow Art Day website describes their mission in simple terms: “help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.” They lay out three clear steps of action for interested participants, that truly essentially come down to looking at art, and slowing yourself down in the process.
Arden Reed, author of the forthcoming Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell, begins his book with a DeLillo quote that also prescribes a way of looking, experiencing, and connecting.
“The less there was to see, the harder he looked, the more he saw. This was the point. To see what’s here, finally to look and to know you’re looking, to feel time passing, to be alive to what is happening in the smallest registers of motion.”
—Don DeLillo, Point Omega
Slow Art explores broader questions about spectatorship, questions about how we look at art now. In a recent blog post Arden Reed “advocates an aesthetics of slowness.” Take a cue from his book—and from Slow Art Day—and visit your local museum tomorrow to see what draws you in, makes you pause, enthralls.