Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell college

On Nov. 1st 2015 Chicken Tractor facilitated a carpool to Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery to see the "Start By Asking Questions" show. Gallery Director Leslie Wright came in on a Sunday to give us a personal tour of the collection and answer questions such as "how the hell did they uncrate THAT?!" And since she was the curator for the show, she had a lot to share about how she felt the works related to one another as well as information about the artists, works and collectors. 

Leslie Wright, center, talks to use about the jim Hodges installation "Complete/Dissolve" made of silk flowers pinned to the wall. It comes with a complicated map for installation.

Leslie Wright, center, talks to use about the jim Hodges installation "Complete/Dissolve" made of silk flowers pinned to the wall. It comes with a complicated map for installation.

Yinka Shonibare's "Flower Power Kids Dueling" in front of Frank Bowling's color drenched painting "Africa to Australia". And thanks to an up skirt photo, we can attest that Shonibare's work is as meticulous in the places that aren't on view as the parts that are. Amazing detail and a great talk about the history of the fabric used in his work.

Yinka Shonibare's "Flower Power Kids Dueling" in front of Frank Bowling's color drenched painting "Africa to Australia". And thanks to an up skirt photo, we can attest that Shonibare's work is as meticulous in the places that aren't on view as the parts that are. Amazing detail and a great talk about the history of the fabric used in his work.

Kathranne Knight gives Janine Antoni's "Saddle" the attention it deserves. The inclusion of this piece as well as her Lick and Lather portrait busts in chocolate and soap were akin to celebrity sitings for a few of us on this trip.

Kathranne Knight gives Janine Antoni's "Saddle" the attention it deserves. The inclusion of this piece as well as her Lick and Lather portrait busts in chocolate and soap were akin to celebrity sitings for a few of us on this trip.

The Faulkner Gallery is one of the few places Kara Walker's "Emancipation Approximation" has been able to hang in one continuous uninterrupted band. It was amazing not only in it's gut wrenching content but in the flawless execution of the silkscreening. Velvety madness at it's best.

The Faulkner Gallery is one of the few places Kara Walker's "Emancipation Approximation" has been able to hang in one continuous uninterrupted band. It was amazing not only in it's gut wrenching content but in the flawless execution of the silkscreening. Velvety madness at it's best.

"Open Universe" by Ricci Albenda. Made of willow, brass wire, adhesive and string, this was the piece that garnered the most questions on crating. It is a large, mostly circular piece that changes perspective and bends space as you walk around it, but it is so fragile looking that it's difficult to imagine how you would pack and move it all the way from Texas.

"Open Universe" by Ricci Albenda. Made of willow, brass wire, adhesive and string, this was the piece that garnered the most questions on crating. It is a large, mostly circular piece that changes perspective and bends space as you walk around it, but it is so fragile looking that it's difficult to imagine how you would pack and move it all the way from Texas.

This is a shot from the video "everything is going to be alright" by the Dutch artist Guido van der Werve. Basically a hypnotic 10 minute video of the artist walking in front of an icebreaker that you can't quit watching. They never change pace, and it is impossible to understand how close or far they are from one another, but the sense of looming doom just goes on and on and on. This artist also had a video of himself standing at the top of the world and turning so that he stayed stationary while the world turned under him for 24 hours. Genius. 

This is a shot from the video "everything is going to be alright" by the Dutch artist Guido van der Werve. Basically a hypnotic 10 minute video of the artist walking in front of an icebreaker that you can't quit watching. They never change pace, and it is impossible to understand how close or far they are from one another, but the sense of looming doom just goes on and on and on. This artist also had a video of himself standing at the top of the world and turning so that he stayed stationary while the world turned under him for 24 hours. Genius. 

The group (minus Kevin) left to right: Staci Nevinski, Annick Ibsen, Kathranne Knight, Larassa Kabel, Laura Burkehalter, Peggy Leonardo, Becky Eckstrand and Nick LaPole.

The group (minus Kevin) left to right: Staci Nevinski, Annick Ibsen, Kathranne Knight, Larassa Kabel, Laura Burkehalter, Peggy Leonardo, Becky Eckstrand and Nick LaPole.

WHAT'S WITH THE CARPOOLS?

*Here's the deal with the Chicken Tractor Roadtrips. We use a free carpool tool to set up shared driving. We hope that more of you come along, and more people see more art from our neighboring areas. It's free except for gas and time. If you like to drive, visit the carpool link and sign yourself up. If you prefer to ride, find an open seat in one of the cars and jump in!