Sunday, February 17, 2013

My My Misfire

Spent some time at Deep Ellum Windows for the one-day pop up exhibition curated by Stephen Lapthisophon on Saturday. 

Michael Mazurek -  "House Plant" 

Lana Paninchui - "Foie Gras"
Sharon Turner -  "Established"  

Hayley Fowler -  "I'd rather be sleeping" performance
Pierre Krause - "Ritual", detail
Pierre Krause, a student at University of Texas at Dallas, work was a pleasant surprise.  A small unlit room with an arrangement of found objects.  Raw, very much like the space.

 Pierre Krause -   "Ritual", detail
Stephen Lapthisophon - "untitled", Hannah Hudson - "Non Meaning" 

 Michael Wynne - "All My Scars Are on the Inside"
 Michael Wynne's first peformance piece  - "Sweeping Up"
I showed up at Deep Ellum Windows at noon and happy I did.  Michael Wynne had his first peformance piece and I was able to record most of it.  See the link for Sweeping Up above to read about the peformance piece.  See this link for the recording.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sweeping up: Essay by Michael Wynne

Broom with Red Painted Handle.
Mason Jars with Dust from “My My Misfire” exhibition site.
Framed Dollar Bill signed, dated and inscribed “Beer Boner”

On May 1st 1970 Joseph Beuys with two of his students swept the Karl-Marx-Platz following the annual May Day Parade. After the Germans celebrated their Labour Day holiday they left the “guest workers” from other countries to do the clean-up. Beuys joined in and, after making his point, sold the rubbish to Rene Block who deposited his collection in the Neues Museum in Nurmberg.

This brings to mind another artist who a few decades earlier did janitor duty at his gallery. When Robert Rauschenberg finished sweeping the floor at The Stable Gallery he stood in front of his painting and was paid for one thing and not the other. Just like everyone I’ve ever known he took his money, bought some beer, went home and tried to relax.

When I dream of my grandfather (and I do quite often) I dream of him in his feed store. As a small boy my job as part of the family was to put the coke bottles in the wood racks and to sweep the concrete floor. I would take a handful of red cleaning powder, throw it on the floor and then sweep it back up. I thought it was a strange thing to do making the floor dirty in order to clean it.

As a younger man during the depression my grandfather would jump a train to the oil fields and roughneck to feed his wife and child. When I knew my grandfather he was the age I am now. He was happy to stand in his feed store. I was happy to sweep the floor.

In my dream, after I’ve done my chores, I go behind the sacks of feed and climb down the stairs into the world under the floor. I’ve often dreamed of this place which never existed. It is a room made of concrete with a channel of running water cutting through. I jump the channel and go into a large gymnasium type shower room. There is never anyone there but I can tell that soldiers have recently showered and left. In the floor is a trap door that I lift and climb down a ladder into a world under that world. It is full of dull metallic walls and machines. In it are generators and water heaters for the worlds above. There is no color except for a red sign whose white letters I read but can never remember. I go through a narrow passage to the left into a large room that contains art I made but forgot about. I’ve been away a long time so it is dusty and needs sweeping which I do. It’s my room and I’m happy to be there.


Thanks to Vicki Fowler and Randall Garrett who swept Dallas floors before me. Also check out Larry Leichliter’s “Davey” (Adventure Time episode 56a)

Out of Commerce at the MAC

Michael Miller
Robyn O'Neil, Jeff Parrott, and Daniel Kurt
Robyn O'Neil: Forgetting, again, 2008 and A Birth in Grief and Ashes, 2007
Trenton Doyle Hancock: You are a Liar and the Truth is NOT in You, 2010 

Jeff Parrott: Composition Cloth, 2012 and Internal Tenebrism, 2012
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

Leslie Wilkes at Barry Whistler Gallery



January 19 - February 23, 2013