"Fluctuating Capacity" travels through time at SooVAC
The work is a very large contraption made out of random objects: an old trunk, a mortar and pestle, bottles full of unnamed liquids, clocks, bamboo place mats, a magnifying glass, scissors, and other things. Hidden in this conglomeration is a letter, dated 2001, from a mother to her son Ray. The letter concerns a time machine previously owned by Ray's father.
|By Adam Hamilton|
With the unnamed, time-machine installation at the center, Hamilton's pieces pay homage to the time-travel fantasies that have become a part of our cultural imagination. Birds fly through portals, while molecular models, embalming fluid, and ominous ducks percolate the gallery in a narrative to be pieced together. The work tells a story -- although not in any linear fashion. As you experience each piece, it takes you on a journey of sorts through past and present trauma, and, ultimately, into our collective psyche.
|Conspiracy by Adam Hamilton|
In some cases, you don't know where one piece ends and another begins. Does the box full of embalming fluid belong with the horse-person looking into the tesseract, or with the rubber duck painting/sculpture? You can't be sure, and in a way it doesn't really matter. This isn't an exhibition of individual pieces, but rather a well thought out world and storyline.
IF YOU GO:
Exhibition runs concurrent with "Enough," featuring work by Joseph Rizzo, Joseph Sinness, and Joel Starkey.
Both shows run through March 23
Soo Visual Arts Center
2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis