Storm hits Hamilton
Ice Storm depicts a gentle landscape rolling slowly
from cornfields on the west to the lake on the east. In its midst and
threatening to overwhelm you, me, the gallery, is an oversize, baroque
avalanche. Here it comes barrelling along. It's taken out a gallery wall
and it's heading towards some buildings by the lake. I guess they would
be the nuclear power plant.
should we do? What
can we do?
When the viewer is alone in the gallery they will
be standing in the path of the avalanche perhaps imagining what it would
be like to feel the concentration of attention that having seconds left
to live gives a person. I'd like to propose a communal response.
In the face of catastrophe, I would like to suggest
tap dancing, comedy sketches, country and western music, opera. Are you
a puppeteer? Bring your puppets. There is
room for everyone to get up and perform as if it was the last time. The
open mic is waiting for you and the speakers on the street will broadcast
your last words to anyone willing to listen. Maybe this is how we should
We know disasters happen and we can't control that. We can, however, try
to control how we respond.The series as a whole revisits disasters and
tries each time to show courage - at least in the imagination - our first
and sometimes our only defense.
Hamilton artist Mark Byk will be showing concurrently
in the Member Gallery
for more information go to <http://www.akimbo.biz/exhibitions/index.php?id=9819>
like to thank Antonia Lancaster who
took a chance on an earlier version of this project called Avalanche at
Now that the work is installed I'd also like to thank the helpful and
energetic people at the Hamilton print shop: Colina, Megan, Mark, Alison,
Matt , Julio, Dyan and Erin among others. Thanks to Ingrid
Mayrhofer, the series curator.
The Hamilton print shop is a lively, optimistic place with a great future.
This is sounding to me like an oscar acceptance speech, but I also want
to thank Assi from Accurate Pleating and Reg from Elke for the paper .