Decelerate explores the cultural trend of “slowing down” and returning to a somewhat simpler or more attuned state. Expressed in our culture by the growing popularity of the international “slow movement” and other activities and movements (slow cooking, urban revitalization, yoga, knitting, meditation, etc.), this anti-velocity attitude also has an equivalent in the visual arts. Decelerate includes works that are labor and/or time intensive (sometimes handcrafted, sometimes not); that recycle and transform prosaic materials into objects of beauty or wonder; that liberate our assumptions about the materials and processes of making art; and, most importantly, that inspire us to slow down, contemplate, and discover the intangible rewards that art—and life—have to offer.

Kemper Museum