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Dec. 2nd, 2006 | 11:42 am

Kim Glover saw my last blog entry and made a couple corrections to it. The eggshells were contrasted with a giant chain -- each link weighed more than twenty pounds -- which was made out of ceramic. The dust was from shattered links of the chain that was spread around the eggshells. Here's what she said in the comments to the first post: "The eggshells were not gold dusted and the chain was ceramic (broken in pieces all over the floor as well). The chain was all cleaned up too except for three unbroken pieces. The shells were saved for 3 months by 2 local coffee shops. Everyday my bathtub and sink soaked the eggs and everynight they covered a good portion of my basement floor until they dried. The bases of the show was about removal and fragile detaching and destruction. It had to do with recontextualizing and making use of the unused. The people were to take part and well, it just didn't happen. The gallery did have my collage work up on the walls but it felt so empty without the shells and large portion of the chain fragments. We will be doing the installation again in about 3 or 4 months. Thanks for reading!"

While she doesn't have any pictures of the final project, because she was waiting for people to show up to take pictures then, she did send me a few of the project while she was setting it up.






















These are actually all of her course assignments, reduced to ashes....







And if you look in the window glass in this one, you can see the reflections of the art hanging on the walls.



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from: eljaydaly
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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It seems impossible to me that somebody would mistake that for an accident.

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Frigg

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from: frigg
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Yes, what orogeny said. How could anyone think that was not intentional?

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shaolingrrl

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from: shaolingrrl
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Really nice stuff.

About the cleaning lady: that's the part that fascinates me about the whole thing. That is ex- (or eggs)- actly the question. (Sorry.) How could she not think the shells were part of the installation? Even if she thought someone had vandalized the gallery, she should have called security instead of just cleaning up.

Make sense of that character and put her in a story, Charlie. I dare ya!

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pjthompson

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from: pjthompson
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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What everyone else said: I can't help thinking it was occasioned by something else than a need to clean, clean, clean. Nearly everyone I've told this story to (and there have been many) has said the same thing, "How could she not know?"

Still heartbreaking.

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Patrick Swenson

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from: tbclone47
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, ditto everyone. I told this story to the art teacher at the high school, and she couldn't believe it.

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Cath Emery

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from: cathemery
date: Dec. 2nd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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The 'how could she not realize?' was my first reaction, too, but this could be an illustration of cultural differences. If the cleaning lady comes from a culture that doesn't place a high value on experimental art, she might not even stop to recognize that 'this is too big not to be deliberate,' especially if she were in a hurry. Just because she works in an art gallery doesn't mean she understands or is totally in harmony with the ideals of those who run the gallery or fill it.

It's also possible that a value judgement was made, that she looked at it and said, 'that is not art' and cleaned it up.

And I can imagine her at home saying, suddenly, 'omg that was probably an art exhibit I swept up!' and being horrified at herself and afraid she'll lose her job. So. .. .I can imagine this happening.

It's still shocking, though.

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from: jamesenge
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
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The janitor might have thought it was a prank or vandalism. It's too bad, though: the photos are strangely impressive, especially the broken pieces of chain.

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resonated detatchment...

from: hkneale
date: Dec. 16th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
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One small good thing came out of the exhibit being swept up; I wouldn't have known about it otherwise, and now I've had a chance to seen it.

Beautiful.

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