Tank Traps and Hijackings, Old Gold, Jan. 9-Feb. 8, 2009

The best part about Old Gold is the bar permanently installed in this basement apartment. Seriously, the home brew beer at this exhibition, the “Viking brew” according to one of the Scandanavian-esque bartenders, was some of the best beer that I’ve had in a while.  Art openings are parties, therefore, I have every right and in fact, I have an obligation to discuss the type of beer they serve.

As an exhibition, the content of Shackleford’s sculptures and prints was dependent on place, dependent on the architecture of Old Gold and the people in it. By 9pm, Old Gold was crowded and the three sculptures became obstructions to people moving around, whether to look at the works, find the bathroom, or pet an adorable pug named Ruby who belongs to Kathryn, one of the co-0wners of Old Gold.  Throughout the night, people did end up walking into these wobbly, wooden sculptures. The experience invoked by these sculptures on this crowded night at Old Gold was vague. It was like listening to an inexperienced meteorologist who just tells you to “Watch out!” for bad weather, but not telling you what type of weather to expect.   I don’t want didactic art, but these gorgeous geometric sculptures merely told me to “Watch out!” for them while I wandered around to socialize,  an essential part of going to art openings.

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One Response to “Tank Traps and Hijackings, Old Gold, Jan. 9-Feb. 8, 2009”

  1. Three Walls Says:

    We have a new show opening up this Friday, February 20th!

    Holle Cambodia a project by Anne Elizabeth Moore
    Dispatch a threewalls a project organized by Shannon Stratton
    The Tract House a project by Lisa Anne Auerbach

    Opening Reception:
    February 20th, 2009, 6-9pm

    Curator’s Talk with Anne Elizabeth Moore:
    March 26th, 2009, 6pm

    On View until March 27th, 2009

    Hope to see you there 🙂

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