Post #231 • March 9, 2004, 5:25 AM • 11 Comments
After an evening of looking at so-so, not great, not terrible, and pretty good art last Saturday, I arrived at Dorsch Gallery to see Rene Barge's latest piece. The concept was simple: a metal bathtub, propped up on guitar slides, with a contact microphone attached to it, water dripping into it, and a spotlight shining down on it.
I felt as though my attention had been wiped clean with an alcohol swab.
The sound was cavernous but spare and comforting. The tub glowed like the moon. The pleasure was so simple as to preclude analysis, and the evening was redeemed.