The Tunnel of Mortality, a life-size tunnel-book installation at Artisan Gallery, has been extended to September 9th, 2012! The next reception is Friday, July 27, 2012, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery.
Here’s some shots (click any image to enlarge):
“Come in.” said the spider to the fly….
Once you step in the door, you are in a floor-to-ceiling, darkly wallpapered, little anteroom, about 8ft x 8ft.
Back wall and right corner of anteroom
Chairs are upholstered in the same, matching, printed fabric as the walls.
The richly detailed wallpaper is actually a 10in x 10in linocut pattern printed black onto burgundy duckcloth. About 480 times. If you look closely at one of the “tiles” you will see the underlying theme of the show:
If you look behind you to your right, the outside light looks blinding compared to the dramatic low lighting surrounding you.
Taxidermy chicken NOT for sale.
As you step through the door, into the anteroom, The Tunnel of Mortality is that big framed piece on the right-hand wall. It looks like any other of the framed woodcuts, except as you walk towards or by it, it changes (since it’s a 3-dimensional space, not a flat piece). If you’re not paying attention though, it doesn’t “read” as an interior space, but rather a mirror…or something. A number of visitors were looking behind and above them to figure out where the projector was. Most think it’s a mirror, but can’t figure out how come they don’t see their reflection.
Matching tablecloth and upholstery! This is really the only time I’ve gotten into “interior decorating” (in our real house, nothing matches. I mean, who has time when it takes this long to make pretend rooms?).
Walk into the center of the room, turn to your right, and there’s the tunnel.
The Tunnel of Mortality, framed.
I’m not going to try to explain how this looks in real life, since you really have to go experience it to get it. Suffice it to say, that it’s confusing at first since you can’t quite tell what you’re looking at. Some have said it feels like a mirror.
And here’s a cropped panorama of the center section:
All woodcut or linocut prints on fabric or Tyvek.
Reception is this Friday, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery (directions).
And the show is up through September 9th.
So, come check it out!
Experience the tunnel!
Sign the camouflaged guestbook!
Read some of the entries in the guestbook here.