Public art defines a sense of place and time as expressed through an artists’ vision. It is unique in its intent to present a multi-dimensional awareness of an artists’ interpretation of a subject and manifests a segue for social dialogue.
Public art enriches an environment, represents an idea, person place or event. Inspired and driven by the artists’ expertise and material, public art reflects their interpretation of the subject and thus becomes an opportunity for social interaction and conversation.
The Braille work is bas-relief, and when light catches that little lip of the surface, it creates a shadow effect. On a very basic level, it reminds me of early hieroglyphics. This brings the original concept full circle – language as image.
Delving into the essence of the system, where everything is pared down to subtle dots, I think of what it is like to possess perfect vision, yet the junction of one’s philosophies and ideologies creates impairment. When we can’t see beyond our own ideas, we accept them as sufficient. What if we were to shift, even slightly? Might a glimmer recalibrate our optics, our perceptions?
Abstract, Contemporary Art by Kenn Kotara, Asheville, NC 828.236.2265