flatten the curve virtual exhibit

All artists are invited to submit to an online exhibition entitled “Flatten the Curve”.   The Art Center of Corpus Christi will share the exhibition on their Facebook page which has over 10,000 followers and digitally once the galleries reopen.   The exhibit offers an opportunity for artists of all levels to show what they have created recently.  Viewers will get to see the many different ways people are interpreting, responding to and feeling during this worldwide pandemic; a phenomenon that is affecting each of the billions of individuals on the planet.  Youth under 18 years old are encouraged to participate. 

EXHIBIT DETAILS:

Artists from anywhere can participate

All media is accepted

No entry fee

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Three $100 cash awards will be made to artists from Texas age 18 and over

TO PARTICIPATE:

Email the following to director@artcentercc.org:

 - Attach one image of artwork (two for sculpture/3D), jpg or png files are preferred

- Artist name, artwork size and medium.  Include a price if it is for sale.

- Artist mailing address if from Texas

- If artists is a youth under 18, please indicate age (no mailing address required)

 - Comments about the art are encouraged

Q&A with Art Center of Corpus Christi’s Executive Director,
Dianna Bluntzer on Flatten the Curve online exhibit

 

Q: Why did you create this art exhibit when the galleries are closed?

A:  The idea started as a way to help artists to earn money.  Secondly it is a way for artists to remain in contact with each other.  The Art Center of Corpus Christi is a gathering place.  The pandemic has eliminated that most basic function.  Having an online exhibit is our way of bringing artists together the only way we can right now, virtually.

 

Q: Why did you choose an image (Flatten the Curve) for the title?

A:  Flatten the Curve captures everything about life right now.   

 

What I find fascinating is that the exact same message is being communicated to billions of people on earth. That is unique.  And it gets better; the success of the messaging is due to an image, THE image, the “Flatten the Curve” chart.  This image created the same response worldwide “Oh. I understand. I see the problem. ” That is amazing.  This concept doesn’t need explaining anymore.

 

This phenomenon is worth pondering.  People from every country, culture, religion and ethnicity responded the same way to the same image; understanding a problem by seeing an image.  The information communicated by this chart is complex and a mouthful even in the simplest terms: “stay home to decrease the infection rate because this virus is highly contagious and our health system cannot handle sharp increases in hospitalizations that will occur if we continue life as normal.”   Switch to the data visualization of this phrase – and voila, you can see what would take many many words to explain. 

 

As a leader in the local artist community, I speak for the artists. Communicating the value of art is a daily struggle.  Yet, here we are in this global crisis and it is a visual, an image that was the most effective means of communication – worldwide.  It is easier now to begin the conversation about the unique power of art to communicate.

 

Q: That is not fine art. What does it have to do with fine art?

A:  This is true.   A graph is not fine art but it demonstrates one of fine art’s superpower; instant communication.  It adds depth to understanding of an experience, an idea or an opinion.

 

To this point, visual communication is quickly replacing the written word in contemporary society.   An excellent example is emoji’s.  They add nuance and emotion to short texts. Bump it up a notch and that is why we cherish fine art from centuries ago.  It tells us about life at the time it was made.   This is why this exhibit will be interesting.  What will the art tell us about humanity during this time?

 

Q: What do you hope will happen from this exhibit?

A: I hope the experience of viewing this exhibit, thinking about what the art says, will translate to experiencing art in person in the galleries when we reopen.   I hope people’s experience viewing art will be enriched and improved.

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