August 22nd, 2004

john + yoko

Mike and Debbie Schramer's Fairy Castle (Public xpostx)

Recently I was visiting Bellingham, WA and saw this amazing tree house sculpture on display in a store window. It is a giant fantasy doll/ tree house about 4-5 feet tall, called The Fairy Castle. The house and its furnishings are made mostly if not entirely out of scraps of natural materials such as driftwood, shells and moss. It is not really a dollhouse in that while you can move the furniture around and so forth, it seems designed to be left mostly in place as a display piece of art. Also, the amount of detail, number of rooms, and unusual floor plan as well as its sheer size alone make this piece more compelling than the average "fairy house" or "miniature house" made by craftsmen (I've been involved in miniatures off and on for many years so I've seen a lot of those). I subsequently learned that the Fairy Castle was featured at the opening of the Visionary Art Museum.

More pictures of the castle, including closeups of the rooms, are here.

Artist Debbie Schramer describes how she and her husband first built and exhibited the Castle. Click and scroll down.
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Today we went to the Andrew Krieger exhibit at the Corcoran. He's this reclusive local artist guy who lived in his room for years (I guess he comes out now because he has a job as an art tech at the Corcoran) and makes these little assemblages in boxes out of paper and found objects. They're incredibly detailed and wonderful. Unfortunately, although this was a featured exhibition, the Corcoran had no catalog because this wasn't supposed to be a featured exhibition and only got moved to the feature location because of access concerns causing the Norman Rockwell "Four Freedoms" exhibit, which they basically brought in for the WWII memorial dedication touristas, to be moved. So the only picture I have of the Krieger show is the one on this poster. At least it was one of my favorite pieces.

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a few more pics of the work are here and a good article on the show by the DC Citypaper is here.

Some of the other pieces I liked were the cutout envelope art, a drawing of tongues licking envelopes a la Peter Max, a box room called "A Room for Love" (several versions of this exist but no picture of the one I like is on the web, alas) and a drawing of a fan blowing mail entitled "Fan Mail". I'm really sorry there are few or no pictures, because I think more than a few of my LJ f(r)iends would enjoy this stuff.

Besides the Krieger and the Stormin' Norman Rockwell, there were some miniature Pandamania statues, plus a Sally Mann exhibit on death and decay and cadavers that was pretty damn boring. I would have liked more time to look at stuff as we got there late, but I just wanted to make sure I got there before they launch the hideous Gehry show this fall. A little Gehry goes a long way and especially after what happened at CWRU, I think his dysfunctional stuff gets way too much attention. The smashed guitar thing in Seattle didn't impress me one bit, and his metallic bldgs look like a giant robot just barfed on the lawn.

There's something to be said for not going out of your house for ten years, mmhmm.
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