Track 16 Gallery
February 2 - March 30, 2002
Signlanguage: The Experience > Track 16 Gallery, Part 2
We're invited to stay afterwards, and I take the time to wonder the gallery and take pictures (which you see on these pages) and write my impressions. Please don't take these photos as true depictions - they really do no justice to the pieces themselves. Especially the collages. In person, you're struck first by the swirls, shapes and colors. And then you start to notice details - maybe it's writing or a sketch, or a scrap of a page. You find yourself stepping closer and closer to the piece as you unravel the layers, mesmerized. And then you realize that you can step no closer, and you're pursuit has come to its end.

In the back, there is a collection of vintage neon signs, lit up and dazzling. For some reason, I feel like I'm 12 years old. I look at John, and he's wearing the same grin as me. There is other memorabilia as well, but I find myself mostly gazing at the lights.

Here are some of my impressions:

Son of Gloin , 2000
The look in the yes is what keeps you, drawing you in. The flare from the top seem to add an angry flavor, like a dash of Tobasco. It results in me asking, "what is the dwarf so peeved about?"

Entierro, 2000
Como se dice este en ingles? (Babelfish tells me the answer is "burial') Trees being uprooted, discarded. A dreading of change. A shifting in time.

Karen Blixen's Birds
I am drawn to this piece, and find myself studying it again and again. Does the interest to read what is on the list create a desire to explore further?

Reading Richter
This is one of my favorite pieces from the preview, and it's even better in real life. The blues of the piece allows it to dominate visually - I can easily pick it out in the gallery.

Received Pronunciation
I like the Tengwar of course - I was fascinated with it in high school and learned to write it. "Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien Sinome marwan ar Hildinyar temm Ambar-metta!"

Told, 2000
A celtic ban, Arthurian legends of knights and dragons - a hurried scribbling of a daydream.

Chetwood Forest #3
Nosferatu on an evening stroll in the woods.

Fell, 2000
D.H. Lawrence:
I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Involves Nudity and Some Weeping
"Buy it now before it changes again!" This piece has dramatically changed from the book. It now contains a fragment of the book's introduction.

Chris' Dogs
"The Omen." It's simple, but there's a foreboding sense to it.

Intrusion #9
Aptly named. An invasion of sorts - aritificial tentacles across a natural setting.

Periodic Table
This is not what I thought it was, now that I can see the details. But the original "a boy daydreams of a hero in the distance" impressions remains.

Te Anau #2
An awesome photo! 'Nuff said.

That's it. I hoped you enjoyed this. Thanks to Viggo for sharing his amazing talent, to Pilar and Track 16 Gallery for their warm hospitality, and to all for an amazing experience. And thanks to John for waiting for me to relax.

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