by Jen Graves
on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM
Courtesy the artists (Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer)
Tonight, you will be served drinks at this bar—this drawing has been turned into a sculpture-installation that fills up the University of Washington's Jacob Lawrence Art Gallery this week. And a 16mm movie will be made while you're drinking your drinks.
That drawing was made by Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer as an exquisite corpse—a technique where one person draws part of a body, folds the paper over to hide what they made, gives it to another person who does the same thing, and this is repeated until the whole body is drawn.
The "body" these two set out to draw was a bar with four connecting parts. Then they made the drawing real. There's now an actual snaky, four-part bar in the world (at UW's School of Art, in the gallery) based on this drawing, and tonight, the artists will be bartending there while also filming on a 16mm camera.
A little piece of the smoking section, made from a T-shirt dipped in plaster and a pack of Camels.
I visited the bar earlier this week and it's wild. Each section has its own lighting scheme. The sections are, from left to right: a beach section, a smoking section, a blue-green algae section (with functioning aquarium fountain), and a press section coated in newspapers. Drinks will be themed (smoke beer, say).
The beach part of the bar is built of sandbags and stuff the artists found beachcombing at Alki. The rest of the bar is made of wood and covered in papier-mache or wire mesh or plaster. The smoking section is made of T-shirts and jeans dipped in plaster, like something by George Segal or Robert Rauschenberg or Ed Kienholz.
The bar performance/filming/drinks happens after a talk at 7 pm by Henderson—the talk will be a conversation between six people at a bar, she says. She specializes in what she calls "nocturnal journalism," or reporting from the other world, the dream world. Admission is free. How would you possibly calculate a ticket price to visit somebody else's dream?
A longer view of the smoking bar, with the fingers holding Nat Sherman Fantasias.