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September 10th, 2017
Bill Will: Fun House
Portland artist Bill Will has used the Hoffman Gallery as a venue for a site-specific interactive art experience he calls the Fun House. He has conceived a menagerie of mechanical artworks that, together, form a dramatic and cacophonous spectacle, where all elements intersect and overlap to create an experiential environment, like a circus of artwork and related contraptions.
3:00pm - 5:00pm:
Bill Will: Fun House Opening Reception
Opening reception for Fun House featuring an artist talk with Bill Will and carnival-themed refreshments from The Bon!
Portland artist Bill Will has used the Hoffman Gallery as a venue for a site-specific interactive art experience he calls the Fun House. He has conceived a menagerie of mechanical artworks that, together, form a dramatic and cacophonous spectacle, where all elements intersect and overlap to create an experiential environment, like a circus of artwork and related contraptions. Sculptural objects, both static and kinetic, are combined with composed sound recordings and the live sounds of whirring mechanisms; theatrical lighting and ambient breezes (produced by large fans) create a multi-sensory experience. Fun House requires participants to follow a circuitous marked course; devices start and stop suddenly, objects suddenly become illuminated, then fade away into the darkness. This is an art installation that crosses the boundary into theater, where the visitor completes the experience.
Fun House ends with a “gift shop” where Will and his partner, LeBrie Rich, have devised an array of delightfully humorous souvenirs for sale. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by Linda Tesner.