Featured Long Durational Work
The Long Glance (2011), Jonathan VanDyke
Duration: 40 hours
Cover photograph by Tom Loonan, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
For “The Long Glance,” Jonathan VanDyke stood in front of Jackson Pollock’s “Convergence, 1952” for 40 hours. Each day for five days, he would arrive at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York just before the opening of the gallery at 10am and stayed in the gallery until it closed at five in the evening. He only allowed himself one twenty-minute break daily. VanDyke’s performance can be seen as a commentary on how little time the present day public spends with art.
According to a study done by Jeffrey and Lisa Smith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2001, the average time a viewer spends looking at a painting is 17 seconds. This is a phenomenon writer Jeanette Winterson calls “art at a trot” in her book Art Objects (Vintage, 1997). As the Albright Knox Gallery points out: “the performance also highlights the contrast between the obsessive stillness of VanDyke and the intense physicality and movement of Pollock during the creation of his massive 'drip' painting."
To read an essay written by Jonathan VanDyke about The Long Glance (2011), click here.