Relationship to Art

Jamie Edwards

We celebrate gallery spaces and the exhibits that are held within them, and rightly so. What is art worth if people don’t see it, connect with it, and enjoy it? In this set of images, the focus is not on the artwork or gallery spaces, not even on the individuals who view the work, but is instead on our relationship to art. The removal of the space and sense of distance between the viewer and the art viewed creates a flattened image within which visual relationships are exposed. Thus, these images in turn illustrate the way we do connect to the artwork we view. Through such emphasis, we are able to focus not on the person or the art but on what ties them together. This facility for connection is after all the most important element within the arts. Without it, an artwork can have no value and, more importantly, no power. Within this wider concern, smaller questions are asked, moving from image to image. Some photographs communicate strongly defined visual relationships, some reverse the gaze back onto the viewer—and some ask questions about the prying role of the photographer.