Cabinets of Curiosities

Also opening October 4th, down the street from the ArtHaus Gallery, will be an exhibition entitled “Cabinets of Curiosities”.

This is a continuation of a recent exhibition in the Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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The Butterfly Effect

Many cabinets of curiosities began as private collections of specific things; butterflies, rocks seashells, insects, etc. These 100 ticket stubs reference 100 dates during a period from 1972 – 1974, my high school years. They are mounted in a classic frame using pushpins like a buttefly collection. Each stub has a date, name of the movie or show, and who accompanied me on the date. I found these in a jar (after moving them nine time, through five states and over a span of forty years.

The name also refers to a time travel paradox. Something as simple as killing a butterfly in South America could influence climate change on the other side of the earth, and how a minor shift in a schedule or a missed connection can alter the course of our lives.

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Enola Gay

 My uncle Glenn had a strong aesthetic connection to Japan and the beauty of Japan. His dear friend spent years there, and my uncle traveled there several times. In the 1960’s he brought back a beautiful and expensive tea set.

Several years ago, as he was dividing up his belongs during a move to a smaller apartment, he sent this tea set to me. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in shipping. I kept the ceramic shards, and eventually was inspired to reconstruct the teapot and cups to be included in this piece.

My wife’s Uncle Ed was one of the first navy officers to tour Hiroshima, and he wrote about seeing the carbonized shadows of the victims of the atomic bomb on that fateful morning in August 1945.

This piece is a memorial to those who were lost during that horrific, blinding moment in time.

 

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Childhood

Childhood

This toy box is a symbol for the purity of childhood. It holds objects that children play with, eventually shaping their conscious and unconscious and patterning skills for the future as they learn how to deal with confrontation, play, imagination, frustration, sharing, personal bias, etc.

 

The 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific song entitled

“You’ve Got To Be Taught” reflects this sentiment:

 

You’ve got to be taught

To hate and fear,

You’ve got to be taught

From year to year,

It’s got to be drummed

In your dear little ear

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

 

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid

Of people whose eyes are oddly made,

And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

 

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,

Before you are six or seven or eight,

To hate all the people your relatives hate,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

 

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 Pandora's Box

Pandora’s Box

In mythology, Zeus gave a box to Pandora, the first mortal woman,

and forbade her from opening it. She took it back to earth and opened it,

letting forth all evils into the world.

 

Only Hope was left inside.

 

The Latin words on the box, ‘Ultima Manet Spes’ mean ‘Hope remains last”.

Is Pandora an evil femme fatale who ruins men by her disobedience?

Or is she a heroic woman who defies the gods to take control of her own fate?”

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 Ancestral Memory

Ancestral Memory

 

Fifteen years ago I found this frog in a parking lot. I finally found a use for it.

It references Natural History museums, and our desire to understand how our ancestors lived and died.

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 Remission

 

 

Remission

This is a cast of my daughters’ hand, rising triumphantly

after her final chemotherapy treatment.

She titled this piece “The Depths of Dis-Hair”.

 

 

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