Today I put away the last piece of the wunderkammer. Yesterday's post and this one are in homage to the many ways it's seen the light of day. Who knows whether or not it will be exhibited again? Maybe someday I'll have one of those retrospective "things."
Harold Jones took this photograph in July 2006 in my converted garage studio - the first ten pieces in the series that began in mass that summer (the 50th one was finished in January 2007). I was proud to show one of my grad school mentors that I was still making art!
A quick set-up around the half way point in the cold studio in Portland, Oregon. Fall 2006 (way too orderly):
When I wanted legit photographs (49 completed), I packed everything up and headed to Astoria, Oregon and the YMCA for walls that resembled a gallery In November 2006. If I only knew how to make a gif (kidding):
Detail with identification numbers that were never used again (at the Y):
I converted the spare bedroom into a "bring everyone to my house and show them my art project space" in Portland, Oregon in February 2007. This image was taken moments before all the artwork was packed in preparation for my move to Indiana. I miss those yellow walls (though not with artwork).
That remarkably led to my Reed College Case Works exhibition in May 2007 and an entirely different method of installation. [I am in negotiation for an exhibition at Reed College in March so that is another reason why these images were unearthed and the wunderkammer is on my mind.]
Then it traveled to JCrist Gallery in Boise, Idaho in October 2007 (my favorite installation and a homecoming of sorts for JR):
Most recently, it was exhibited at the New Harmony Gallery of Art, New Harmony, Indiana May 2010 following the format above.
Boxing up the keys that were returned from New Harmony last month:
It numbers 45 (not 50) now residing in various closet shelves and floors in 8 different boxes. It was the one project that I sold one of a kind pieces from and to this day wonder if that was the right thing. Ah... what would sculptors do?