Grotto

I’m looking for the entrance to the basement of Triple Base to check out Elyse Mallouk’s Trickle-down: Yours for the Mining when the gallery attendant emerges from the back room and points out a little hatchway inside the front window.
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A perilous looking hatchway. A neck-breaking descent. With disclaimer.
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That’s what’s been missing in the exhibits I’ve been attending: the element of danger.
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Downstairs, a single light dangles inches from the ground in the center of the basement. In the corners of the room, placed at angles at varying heights are several reflecting panels. Projectors affixed to the ceiling display images of animated diamonds whose reflections crawl along the surfaces of the walls and floor. One of the mirrors was displaced somehow, so the man positions it back into its niche before disappearing into the back room.
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It’s frankly pretty beautiful, and the slightly cartoonish rendering of the faceted gemstones only adds to the sly presentation. They’re items endowed with an almost mystical appeal, the power of what they represent seemingly more real than the objects themselves. In the dark with the swirling shapes dancing around you, you could imagine yourself in a cave full of the genuine article. The inability to take hold of them has a strong symbolic resonance. Well worth your time to take a trip down this particular rabbit hole.

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2 Responses to “Grotto”


  1. 1 Diajoyce July 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Happy one year hideous sunday birthday!! Excellent one year of writing.

  2. 2 hideoussunday July 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    hey, thanks dia! actually, i’m ending it next week – so you got in on time… which will free up lotso time to read… your blog!


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