Visual Art Leo Berk’s Bribe
posted by August 20 at 11:00 AMon
Leo Berk’s Dark House (2008), drawing in sparkly pen [photographed by Mark Woods]
On the morning of September 12, 2001, as the United States descended into a pit of disbelief, Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk happened to be in Guatemala, descending into an ancient Mayan cave. Tourists aren’t allowed in, but Berk and some others bribed the guards, who then conducted the tour of the dark, totally disorienting place—a place Berk was unable to get out of his head afterward.
Now it’s finally come out of his head, and into the Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. The above drawing is one of three complex perspectives of the cave that Berk created this year, two drawn and one sculpted. He describes what it was like down there:
To listen to the entire In/Visible podcast with Berk, click here.