Richard Serra's commencement speech at Williams College

“I have no problem with the virtual reality on your screens as long as you are aware that it is virtual. My concern is that experience by proxy is a poor substitute for the reality of the interactive space we inhabit…Don’t let the rhetoric of simulation steal away the immediacy of your experience.

The virtual reality of the media, be it television or Internet, limits our perception in that it affects our sense of space. It immobilizes our ability to apprehend actual physical space. Don’t let the rhetoric of simulation steal away the immediacy of your experience.

Keep it real, keep it in the moment. No one perceives anything alike; we only perceive as we are and it is our individual reality that counts.”

This is just one of the many reasons I love the work and thought behind Richard Serra’s artwork. That’s right Richard Serra says “keep it real”.

Richard Serra
“One Ton Prop (House of Cards)”, 1969
Lead antimony, four plates, each 48 x 48 x 1 inch, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of the Grinstein Family
Photo by Peter Moore, Courtesy the Artist

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