Handkerchiefs and Flowers
With Dan Miller
April 13 - May 12, 2018
Roots and Culture
"Handkerchiefs and Flowers, co-authored by Dan Miller and Aaron Walker, is an exhibition tailored to the layout, social rhythms and community of artists that surround Roots & Culture.
The show takes its name from the never-published third volume of the 20th-century English magician Verrall Wass’s 1930s magic manual series, collectively titled “Astound Your Audience.” Handkerchiefs and Flowers proceeds from two illustrated epigraphs, cut from the opening pages of volumes one and two, that read as sly conceptual jokes on authorship, labor, performance and productivity.
Miller and Walker treat Roots & Culture as a kind of magic club stage, complete with readymade performers, in which the social phenomenon of art can be both revered and revealed. References to self-published trade zines, prop tables, and vaudeville gags are present in the furniture, stage dressings, garments, spatial interventions and casual performances that comprise the exhibition."
Featuring audience-performers Philip Fang, Mary Eleanor Wallace, Max Guy, David Langkamp, Fran Lightbound and Jan Brugger. Garments fabricated by Mike Lopez.
Performance photos by Meg Noe, install photos by Robert Chase Heishman.