The Stationmaster’s Unspeakable Hobby
an installation by
Brody Burroughs and Kurt Piller
Artist’s reception: Friday, October 26, 2012
from 5pm to 9pm
Hot mulled cider and donuts will be served.
Dare ye enter the humble abode of Ithaca’s last stationmaster?
On Friday October 26th, you are invited to explore the uncelebrated history of this native son through an intimate immersion into his freshly exhumed living quarters/workshop, currently known as 923 East Shore Drive. Local alternative historians Brody Burroughs and Kurt Piller curate “The Stationmaster’s Unspeakable Hobby,” an exhibit which delivers an unsavory taste of our stationmaster’s unadulterated inner space and demons. What was he attempting to achieve there? Did he succeed? Was he truly yesteryear’s falsely maligned genius of pseudoscience, or merely a visionary farceur of the near-flung future? Only you may judge. Heralded as “the Pompeii of Upstate New York,” and banned in three Provinces of Canada, this installation promises and provides revelations on par with Al Capone’s Vault and tempts the viewer to dwell upon the indescribable confusion of habitat and inhabitant.
The installation will be on view through Nov 15th by appt.
About the artists:
After growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania, Brody Burroughs attended Kenyon College and Indiana University. He has taught drawing and painting at the University of New Hampshire, Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and, currently, at Ithaca College. At other times, he has washed dishes, filled potholes, fried catfish and painted for a living. He also enjoys working with kids and seniors, and maintains a streak of residencies and public art projects in the communities of Washington and Johnstown, PA.
As a child, Kurt Piller enjoyed watching Bob Ross, reading comic books, and drawing dinosaurs and spaceships. In high school, he started painting dinosaurs, spaceships and comic book characters on Secret Caverns billboards. He kept doing it for another 25 years, refining his folk art style. He recently spent way too much time painting one of Ithaca’s electrical boxes for the 21 Boxes project. He suffers from what the medieval monks called horror vaculi, or fear of unfilled spaces.
Daren Kendall’s sculptural installation ‘Station to Barn as Apparatus to Hand,’ which has been permanently installed in front of the gallery. The work will be completed in Spring 2013.