We checked out the opening reception last night for the Goss-Michael Foundation’s latest show: Eat Me – Drink Me. Yes, that’s a reference to Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The group exhibition features some cutting edge work by contemporary British artists culled from the personal collection of Kenny Goss and George Michael. The eclectic mix of works has transformed the gallery space into a “cabinet of curiousities”.
The artistic fete set that attended included some local notables: The Public Trust/Art Prostitute’s Brian Gibb, Pan American’s Cris Worley, and Fulbright fellow (and newly platinum blonded) Amy Revier, whom we spotlighted here a few weeks ago.
“Did you check out the bloody unicorn head yet???” associate curator James Cope asked. The resin, bronze, wax head by John Issac is titled You Said You Would Always Be There. It’s a bit jarring to see a beautiful, ethereal creature’s head laid out on the floor complete with sticky fake blood around it, because -you know- unicorns aren’t supposed to die or get killed. It’s also Cope’s favorite piece because “unicorns are fierce, yet good and selfless, yet solitary”.
The other notable piece that had everyone oooh’ing and aaah’ing was Gary Webb’s Basel Split whose wall of colored mirrors had more than one person commenting how they wished they could have it in their home.
The show continues until August 22.