On display through July 24, "Waiting" is a project created in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Brigham Young University. All images were captured exclusively using camera phones to document locations and times in our day when we are waiting. This project engages the communities of Berkshire County and Provo, Utah and mitigates insightful questions about the overlap between technology, art, and self-reflection, while creating a space where the three coexist in a way that challenges the audience to think critically about the larger world. "Waiting" represents a form of self-assessment as we consider these liminal moments in our daily lives and what makes these moments unique.
The inspiration behind "Waiting" comes from Brigham Young University’s Joseph Ostraff, who shared that he found himself “waiting quite a bit… waiting for the computer to load something… waiting for our table at a restaurant … even waiting for paint to dry. I started to document these moments without any thought for how the images might apply to anything. Everything just snowballed from there. The more time I gave to the idea, the more I came to realize that the difference between waiting and doing was in great part a state of mind and the assignment of value on a moment was very much in flux.”
Ostraff has been heavily involved in the development of group shows for over twenty years. Many of his shows have reached outside of the US to Tonga, New Zealand, England, and Ireland. He hopes the impact of so many images in "Waiting" will be something in itself so that people might become more aware of their own use of time and consider the time between things a little bit more.