“The Failever of Judgement” and The Journey Over New Year’s Weekend

Shell Creek Canyon and Road. The mysterious (legendary, in our minds) route btwn Hwy 58 on the south and Hwys 41/46 on the north.  Long only a rumour to us, assured by our sources as were that the road had "been closed - property owners put up a gate," or "damn thing flooded years ago - no way through." Perseverance, my friends, pays off. The recent rains gave us flooding, as you shall see, but the beauty and the magic was worth the mud and water.

Shell Creek Canyon and Road. The mysterious (legendary, in our minds) route btwn Hwy 58 on the south and Hwys 41/46 on the north. Long only a rumour to us, assured by our sources as were that the road had "been closed - property owners put up a gate," or "damn thing flooded years ago - no way through." Perseverance, my friends, pays off. The recent rains gave us flooding, as you shall see, but the beauty and the magic was worth the mud and water.

More Shell Creek Road.

More Shell Creek Road.

Before I forget, check out Part One of our story here.

A few years ago Wade Guyton selected work for the Hammer Museum’s Oranges and Sardines exhibition. Among the artists and work Guyton selected were a sculpture by Isa Genzken and an installation by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Guyton’s own piece for the show was an inkjet print on canvas, a painting or “hybrid object.” I wasn’t then and still am not used to thinking of the output of a plotter (such as I might use in my work at the architects office) as a painting. I stumbled with this piece. Hence my interest in buying The Failever of Judgement.

(A brief interjection from the Editorial Board: here’s a link to the hour long artists’ talk with curator Gary Garrels on Art Babble. I suppose this video is also on the Hammer’s site, but I’ve never found Art Babble before, so I’m linking to it.)

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled "Go-Go Dancing Platform," 1991. This from "efodde" Flickr stream.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled "Go-Go Dancing Platform," 1991. This from "efodde" Flickr stream.

But when I saw the work Guyton selected, the Gonzalez-Torres piece especially, I was enchanted. I looked at Untitled Go-Go Dancing Platform and I was all at once a little hard, a little sad and also a little angry. That the platform was empty was part of the elusivity of its charm and the thought that at any moment, or at none, an alluring young man wearing gold shorts and headphones might come in and dance kept my mind balancing delicately between desire and regret.

Wow. How many works of art have made you horny while you started to weep and then also reminded you to be angry at….. loss, and hatred and intolerance? What a magician. Believe me, I looked anew at Guyton’s piece – this time with hope that since he obviously understands the feelings I describe, then just possibly I could begin to understand what he is saying.

And now the money shot. FGT again, image from the Hammer Museum site. You need to go to the "Lunchtime Artist Talks" page to find it. Guyton's own piece is visible at the right back. The sexy purple light is flattering, isn't it?

And now the money shot. FGT again, image from the Hammer Museum site. You need to go to the "Lunchtime Artist Talks" page to find it. Guyton's own piece is visible at the right back. The sexy purple light is flattering, isn't it?

Meanwhile, back on Shell Creek Road, we found our flood. Awesome. More soon.

Meanwhile, back on Shell Creek Road, we found our flood. Awesome. More soon.

Links to the entire “Guyton/Walker Failever Over New Year” series:

On the Road with Guyton/Walker

“The Failever of Judgement” and the journey over New Year’s weekend

A flurry of Failever’s and a bit of the road

Our journey continues

Looking at the edge (and also you can bet looking at Moyra Davey)

And, as it happens, the ground is always present

The book, the triumph, the need to tell, the road home, part one

Getting into in with our friend. Intro to The End.

Something(s) I Learned Today (including more re: G and W)

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