Our group spent an hour and a half smelling, touching, covering and closing our eyes, tasting, and walking with a heightened awareness of all our senses. The event was a “sensewalk” called “Everything Is New” that Gutierrez created for Elastic City (the first of four sensewalks he is leading this summer). Elastic City was founded by artist Todd Shalom in 2010 to commission artists from various mediums to make and lead urban walks—not walking tours, but walks.
Host Alison Pierz explained that Slow Art Day was inspired by the Slow Food movement. “I like to think of art as sustenance,” she said. “It sounds hokey, but it’s good for the soul. These things take time to make, so let’s take time to appreciate them.” Slow Art Day intends to draw “regular folks,” she added, but—as the members of her group made clear—it sometimes attracts more “art world people” the bigger it gets. “It’s become a thing,” said Pierz, a former gallery director. “This is like preaching to the choir to a certain extent.”