Survival of the Interesting:
Evergirl Art brought in these wonderful series of birds titled a “Flock of Rocks”, and we have enjoyed following the birds as they travel throughout the Exhibition, making new friends and discovering artWorks.
Keeping with the theme of “Flock of Rocks”, Cynthia Freese, the artist that creates Evergirl had her attention captured by an abandoned nest near her home. The nest came up in conversation multiple times, so we thought it would be fun to feature it in the Gallery [context]. Evergirl created this beautiful steel table for the nest to rest on, and it looked pretty good, we thought.
My experience of the Gc is that each theme for every exhibition we have offered thus far has manifested in a spontaneous, literal sense… so I was initially apprehensive at using the title “Survival of the Interesting”.
During the “Mother” show it seemed for a while that everyone had some challenge or needed reassurance or nurturing of some sort (including me!) and the Exhibition eventually birthed the next generation of opportunities, titled “Human Nature”.
The “Human Nature” show involved lots of politics, and at the last minute the participants spontaneously worked together to create a successful showing (and some younger kids stole something from the Gc!). Ah, Human Nature.
I was surprised on Monday morning when I arrived to the Gc to find that even though we had preserved and (we thought) sterilized the Nest before placing it in the Gallery:
A small explosion of tiny spiders had erupted from the Nest.
What would you do?
As I pondered whether or not to “clean” up the spiders and how to do that without destroying the nest, the little creatures set to work. By the end of the day they had constructed this layered, geometric confluence of webs around the Nest. Way too cool looking to destroy!
What is more of a mystery to me is that somehow, these tiny creatures created a single strand straight-up to the ceiling (about 11 ft.!!). this strand became a ladder, allowing all of the creatures to leave the nest.
The Spiders are Gone.
Art perhaps is the amazing, complex architecture created and left behind.
Darwin, I think, would have approved.
What do you think?
“Survival of the Interesting” runs through June 7th, and we are not quite sure how it will change next. Stay tuned 😉
Salon Anon Anon is April 18th, 5-9pm
I am looking forward to sharing the experience of art with you in the Gallery [context]!!!
All good things,