Saturday night saw the opening reception for And The Beat Goes On, the music-themed group show at New Puppy Gallery in Los Angeles that includes two of my photos, plus a three dimensional installation of records, toys, and scary religious collectibles. The reception was a lot of fun, with DJs on hand to spin very, very cool music, a live band setup inside to rock out the art, and a trio of artists painting live in the middle of the gallery’s main room.
The music motif was a perfect match for my photographic creations. Records? Albums? Pop culture? The hard part was picking just two to grace the gallery walls! I went with…
The gallery ended up using “Backstage pass” as the desktop image on a send-a picture-email-from-the-show gizmo. It worked sort of like a photo booth with a touch screen and a camera, and a friendly voice that counted down to let you know when it was about to snap a picture. I was all prepared to send out photo postcards to all my friends, but went into email amnesia and could only remember my own email address. Sorry friends. Maybe next time…
Crowds were steady all evening and a lot of people dropped in to take in the show. The most exciting part for me was watching the delight in people’s eyes as they walked around my installation looking at the various vignettes I’d staged. Cameras were out in force, and I was happy to see people taking lots of photos; in a sense, having the opportunity to create their very own Wind-up Dreams.
The installation took about 5 hours or so to setup, spread across Friday night and Saturday morning. I covered most of a 6’ by 3’ table with album covers, 45s, toys, books, pennies, candles, booklets, statues, and various familiar yet perplexing objects. It was fun!!
Unfortunately, I — the supposed “professional photographer” — neglected to check the settings on my handy little Canon point’n’shoot, so my photos from the reception are less than impressive. Oh well. Here are a few I salvaged:
A view from the front taken Saturday morning after I’d finished the construction.
Detail view of a vignette on the left side.
Detail of one of the vignettes on the right side. You’ll notice the return of the “coffee robot” from my 2007 Vinyl Mysteries show.
A view from the back of the installation shortly after the reception had started.
Another view from the back.
Detail on the left side…
Pennies! All hail the sacred kewpie head!
People crowding around and lusting over my toys.
I promise much better photos down the road. I’m planning on reshooting the installation with my dSLR, and taking a movie that travels all around the setup so you can see all of the vignettes.
Thanks for watching!