Monday, July 23, 2012

Off the Wall at Studio Place Arts

Wow, I am SO pleased to have two pieces in the Off the Wall exhibit at SPA that opened on Friday, July 20 and runs through September 8. I'm showing work that I really wanted to get out into the world, and the exhibit itself is magnificent -- ALL three-dimensional, and in muted, natural colors -- very serene, but strong. Not a painting in sight, though there are some sculptures affixed to the walls, including illuminated ones by Riki Moss.

In the front window is an installation of my Falling People, work I made in 2002 that really has never been exhibited in a gallery setting before. Each figure hangs from the ceiling on a swivel attched to a steel line, so it can (and does) rotate gently.  I am hoping to find a group of dancers who may be interested in creating a dance piece using these figures as props. I imagine the Falling People suspended from the ceiling of a large room (or outside, from tree branches), with the dancers in silver lycra bodysuits, moving among them, turning, and striking them with mallets, like gongs. Maybe there's a gamelan accompaniment...

By the way, you can see through the window that Main Street is being dug up in front of the gallery. If you can come visit the exhibit (which I hope you can and will), you can park in the municipal parking lot on Merchants Row for free and walk over to SPA (there's a crosswalk in front of Aubuchon's).

In the back of the gallery The Disarmed are suspended from the ceiling on both sides of the back hallway. The rubric (or rule) I imposed on myself in making these figures was that they needed to have: No arms (they hang from wires attached to their shoulders), Multiple things on their torsos (armor? breastplates?), and A skirt. People really seem to be digging them, as four of the twelve have already been sold!

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