For those of you who weren’t at Distinction Gallery last Saturday for Opening Night of Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption, (by the foot of Zeus, why weren’t you there?!?!) it was a blast. The installations of toys, books, blocks, and records around the gallery tempted hands old and young to play with them as art lovers meandered about the gallery. Everyone we spoke to was very complimentary and had wonderfully perceptive questions about each piece. The timing of Opening Night was great as several of the businesses along East Grand Avenue were participating in a Chocolate Festival for Valentine’s Day which brought in many curious folks as they walked by the gallery and saw that some serious fun was afoot. We want to thank the local band Bogenville for playing outside of Distinction and luring in curious onlookers as well. Most of all, we want to thank those of you who came out and showed your support for Plastic Prophets. It would have been pretty lame without you. Ah! But don’t forget–the exhibit runs through March 7, so you will have many more opportunities to view the pieces or make a purchase in case you weren’t able to make it. Distinction is open Thursday-Friday 12am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, second Saturdays of the month 11am-11pm, and by appointment.
One of the most popular features of the exhibit were these super-cool stop-animation videos of the set-up for three photos, “Mystic Rites of the Eastern Shame Girl,” “Pulling a miracle ending out of the Plastic Playbook,” and “The Allegory of Sanctimonious Regret.” We’ve posted the videos on YouTube and on a new “Videos” page in the Gallery for your viewing pleasure. There’s also a video of the installations around the gallery so you can see how everything is laid out. Since everyone enjoyed these so much, videos of future photographs are definitely in the works.
One of my favorite exchanges I overheard was between a father and his son. The father said, “See? Adults can have fun with toys too.” Exactly.