Secret Art Show this Saturday


I’m in the basement tonight, breathing in black mold and trying my best to make good on a promise.

For the past few years, I’d been kicking around an idea for a tiny subterranean micro-gallery, which would be visible to only one person at a time, though a tiny window cut into the ground. The image, as it exists in my mind, is beautiful… just a small, glowing porthole in the ground, among the dirt, rocks, and grass, that, when stared into, reveals an illuminated object of some sort… The thought of just stumbling upon such a thing makes me incredibly happy.

Well, I told an artist friend about this idea of mine some time ago, and he made me promise to complete my first prototype by October 11… and that’s why there’s no real post this evening. I’m busting my ass, trying to get something built. The hole has been dug, and I’m now building the box, which will reside below the earth, lit by a solar-powered light. As it’s the first iteration, it’ll likely suck, but it feels good to be making art again, and I’m already envisioning how I’ll improve the next one.

As for the show, which this new piece of mine will be a part of, I’ve been asked not to publicize it. All I can say is that, if you wonder around Ypsi this Saturday, and keep your eyes open, you should find us… And, once you find us, be sure to look down. There might be art beneath your feet.

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  1. alan2102
    Posted October 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
    Clinton, in exchange for corporate money, transformed the Democratic Party into the Republican Party. This was diabolically brilliant. It forced the Republican Party to shift so far to the right it became insane. By the time Clinton was done the rhetoric of self-professed liberals was a public relations game. This is why there is continuity from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.

  2. PrincessTinyMeat
    Posted October 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    My dog and I look forward to seeing your work, and I won’t disclose the secret location.

  3. idea man
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    When I look into the box, what should I expect to see? A photo of dollar store? A Native American artifact? A pile of garbage from KFC?

  4. facebook stalker
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Mark says there will be “a scantily clad model in the box.”

  5. Eel
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I was hoping that it would be David Blaine.

  6. Dan
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    probably the most hipster idea of all time

  7. Cat
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    A sign saying, “You should be looking up, it’s a lovely day.”

  8. Elliott
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    The baby doll from Planet of the Apes.

  9. Frosted Flakes
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I respect your energy and commitment for following through with weird ideas but it seems like a nutty thing to do.

  10. John Galt
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Yes, making art is a nutty thing to do. Very hipsterish. You should be contributing something meaningful to society. Sell a kidney. Get a part time night job at a poultry processing plant. Give plasma. Art has no place here.

  11. Mr. X
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    At some point in the evening, there will be a shadow puppet show. And a gilded owl will be making an appearance.

  12. Melissa
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    This sounds awesome, Mark!

  13. Biscodo
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    @Dan: it would be more hipster if the viewing port was so small you couldn’t actually see anything. You could hear something going on, shadows passing within view, but never see what is happening because you didn’t get an invitation, and aren’t cool enough. It’s like The Hatch from “Lost”, Barbie, and some dive bar with curated cocktails and lots of flannel had a threesome, and an unintended pregnancy brought to term was the result.

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