It was Tuesday evening and I was flopping around, just trying to come up with a theme for Wednesday’s post, when out of the blue, Dan came to my rescue. Yeah, Dan! His first art show at CalArts opens on Thursday and he was kind enough to send me some photos of his work in the show. It looks to me like something he could have made at home, on our dining room table.
Earlier this year he had sent out this Facebook announcement:
Halley’s Brief and Uncharacteristic Apparition*
*Actual Title: The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’ (An Exhibition of Astronomical Proportions)
Opening Reception Thursday Jan. 20th 7-11 PM, Lime Gallery
Dan’s theme and subtitle come from the life story of Missourian, Mark Twain and who better to explain it, but the man himself, from his autobiography:
I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
These five images in this post are photos from Dan’s show. The first image is a bit off, it is actually taller than it looks in the photo, but it had to be shot with a wide-angle lens just to fit it in the frame, because of the small size of the gallery. The dining room table is very similar to our dining room table, except for the holes cut into it. He acquired it from one of his roommates who was going to pitch it. It looks like his “space rocks” really rock. It also looks like he has a dampening system on the floor. I wonder what it would look like if during his opening, southern California experienced an earthquake. Just a little one …
I am no art expert but your exhibit is very impressive. I especially like how it “flows” through the table; I am not sure why that makes it exciting but it does. Perhaps it “disturbs” our sense of expectation of always seeing things sit on a coffee table and rarely if ever see any object pass through a table. Kudos – nice going – keep up the great work.
One of the “ons”
I think a small earthquake would be totally cool! keep up the cool work Dan.