by C3 Visiting Artist Timothy Harding
Gestures was an art installation by former C3 Visiting Artist Timothy Harding that explored the visibility of the artist’s gesture and mark-making in a work of art. Throughout time, and in various cultures, the physical traces of artists can be seen in their objects, such as a weaver’s handling of threads to create a pattern or a painter’s brushstrokes left on a painted surface. These traces can be found throughout the Museum’s galleries—from Native North American textiles to thickly painted Impressionist canvases to the gestural brushwork of contemporary paintings. In these works, marks and gestures appear in a finished work that acknowledges the hand of its creator. For Gestures, Museum visitors contributed digital marks that were then laser cut and arranged into a site-specific line drawing in which the hands of numerous individuals come together to produce a singular whole.