The Sky at Moriarty: A collaborative project with Image in Context students at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. By Aaron Krach and Lisa Young
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The Moriarty Library at the Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD) is sited in a former church. The church has stained glass windows that filter light from the heavens. Through the panes of leaded glass viewers can see the sky. We think of the sky as positioned outdoors, but the sky also exists within the space of the library, represented in landscape paintings and drawings, film and video stills, photographs, animation cells, and illustrated books. When we look at images of the sky we often think of beauty, nature, or spirituality. But what does a sky image represent, really? When we see images of the sky positioned in books, do we just admire them, or do we consider the source?
On October 11th, 2016, visiting artist Aaron Krach and Image in Context faulty lead 107 First Year students on a hunt to “find the sky” in books housed in the library collection. Students scanned images and created citations that were uploaded to a shared document. This crowdsourced activity produced a bound artist book containing every image sourced, including citation and the names of all participants. Additional projects included book flags in the library stacks, “flagging” the books where sky images were found, a site-specific installation of twenty-five digital prints of selected sky images, and a series of bookmarks featuring sky images that functioned as take-aways, dispersing the sky project throughout the LUCAD community.
To learn more about Aaron’s work, see aaronkrach.com.