Slow Art

"Rental Agreement" 2011, Ink on paper

“Rental Agreement” 2011, Ink on paper

The Slow Art Movement

It makes sense that Slow Art operates under the image of the slow-moving snail. It’s the slowest moving movement in history. Slow Art is the opposite of fast, getting up early, driving quickly, and talking on the phone in line. Slow Art and The Slow Movement are enemies to the fast things in life like fast food. The Slow Movement emerged from The Slow Food Movement of 1986. The Slow Food Movement was a critique on fast food. Then came Slow Art. Slow Art is the finger that points at people who worry about getting to work on time. Slow Art shames those that are always in a hurry to do nothing particularly important. Slow Art celebrates being late, relaxing, and taking breaks. Slow Art ridicules those that move so quickly they miss their vacations. Slow Art is a boycott against the rat race and an example of how to enjoy life more. Slow Art is the celebration of the beautiful aspects of slow things in life such as snails.

Topher’s Slow Art

Don’t think that Topher will give you mercy when he makes fun of you via his Slow Art. Don’t think Topher J. Knoll won’t be relentless when he ridicules you for wearing an expensive gold watch just to get to yoga class on time. This is just what Topher does with his Slow Art; Topher makes fun of people that are in a hurry to do nothing via his Slow Art. Topher began working with Slow Art in his Neolithic Age work. You can see references to Slow Art and The Slow Food Movement in The Animal Poverty Series. However Topher really embraced the ideas of Slow Art and The Slow Movement in The See Life Series where his Slow Art-influence demonstrates the chaos of life. Topher’s Slow Art in The Neolithic Age uses cheery design to make fun. Topher loves to use Slow Art to make fun of people who slaughter and eat meat. But, now his Slow Art is used to make fun of those who are moving too fast through their lives and are missing all the enlightening occurrences in one’s life. Topher is making Slow Art and laughing at all those who hurry past the good things that are around everyone.

Slow Art Style

Topher only makes one piece every decade or so. He takes years adding detail to his Slow Art. He wants viewers to become lost in a Slow Art world of lines, shapes, and points. The more detail in his Slow Art the better. This slows them down. The message may not be in the details alone. But, the lengthy time a viewer uses to escape the world of Slow Art gives them time to find it. Details in the Slow Art gives the viewer more time to enjoy and learn from Topher’s Slow Art. Topher wants the viewer to enjoy the time they spend looking at his Slow Art. Not only does Topher take decades to make his Slow Art, Topher is pleased to encourage people to look at his Slow Art with interest and zeal.

Topher also writes for Culture Hog Arts and Culture Magazine.


5 responses to “Slow Art

  1. Hello I am replying to your post on craigslist for Slow Artists wanted. I have looked at the creations here on this website and hope to perhaps help with your posting. I am a 23 year old female from the Bay Area and have been drawing/painting/crafting etc. all my life and I am always learning new artistic skills. I try to challenge myself in areas where I am not the strongest often to see if maybe I could grow to love something new! I am a tattoo apprentice at the moment, learning the skill of tattooing on people permanent art! I could send you some drawings through email if you would like to see some of my hand drawings and paintings and tattoos I have done. I would like to know in what way I can help you. I like the pictures I have seen. I think I am a great person for your posting.

  2. I’d love to see some of your art. Email me!

  3. Hi, as someone who’s always loved and admired the manifestos of early 20th century art movements I appreciate your exposition, but am having trouble making the implied connection with your artwork: namely that in my mind slow art should either be (A) an admonition against “fast art” i.e. minimalism, abstract expressionism, art that sacrifices craft/nuance in pursuit of a subject, totality, or instant gratification by way of, say- something like hyperrealism; or that slow art if it is meant as commentary on the fast pace lifestyle of our time ought to romanticize the past via it’s subject matter… barns, fieldwork, etc. I can’t make either connection with your work. To be clear, I’m not criticizing just to be a dick, I’m legitimately interested in you response, should you choose to respond. I love that you made a manifesto and are interested in creating a movement, and wish you all the best.

  4. You’re not a you-know-what; you’re offering some valid points. My work isn’t necessarily Slow Art by style. Its aim is only to use bright colors, simple shapes, and images from nature and life to support my own themes. It’s not offering opposition to the older movements. I am, however, opposing the way society operates. People have created a land of gas-guzzling cars that hastily move around urban concrete jungles. I’m hoping that my artwork will clunk those drivers speeding around on the head and that they will find a slower pace of life in nature. My goal is to offer an alternative to Fast Life just like Slow Food is an alternative to Fast Food. Perhaps my work isn’t allowed in the Slow Art Only Club, but it will suffer the hazing nonetheless.

  5. Topher, wonderful site. Wonderful getting to know u a bit more through your art. We were classmates in Gupta’s Biology 11 back in Spring 2013, CCSF. Be well, friend .

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