“The Object is Null,” an exhibition by Kimberly Hahn at Design Matters Gallery, by Daniel Rolnik
I care about people. It’s kind of weird. But I think that in order to truly appreciate art you must also care about the people who create it. And what I love more than anything about today’s age is that access to these people, artists, is so easy – all you need is a Wi-Fi connection.
A new skill has arisen, which is the ability to get positive feedback from artists when it’s infinitely easier to send messages and inversely impossible to reply to them all. And this skill is exactly what the curator at Design Matters Gallery, Bianca Collins, has been equipped with.
Collins saw artwork on the website ARTslant that she liked and contacted the artist who created it, Kimberly Hahn. Within a day or so, Kimberly, who is based in Santa Barbara, responded.
This is something that is profound. It’s reflective of the way we process information, with our fingers tumbling through pages of data on Facebook or Instagram at breakneck speeds. Except, the communication between Kimberly and Bianca broke down the wall of anonymity.
What I particularly like about this story is that it shows you can take power away from the establishment. Yes, you, sitting and reading this article, can do whatever you want without following some old rule of how to do things. You don’t need a degree in curatorial studies, or to spend your life savings flying to parties around the world, you can sit in your bedroom with a computer and put together an exhibit that’s truly wonderful and connective in a brand new way. So now the real question is, will you?
Kimberley and Bianca took that leap of faith together. They acted regardless of who would come to see the art. Who cares if all the blogs visit? What’s important is that the artwork was made. That a show was put on. And that technology was used in a new way to make the whole thing happen.
(Ed. Passage from an email conversation with writer Daniel Rolnik: “I’m more fascinated in the stories that you can’t read about in press releases. The story about the work is already in that document and the photos.”)