Gallery U Invitational in Allentown, PA
Sometimes being in the right place in the right time is everything. When I arrived at the gallery, the assistant said she had a man from Nigeria she wanted me to meet. He introduced himself as Ibiyinka Alao, the Art Ambassador of the United Nations. Here's a timeline of how I prepared for this installation:
Monday: Gallery liaison confirms that I am in fact doing the installation.
Thursday Night: Begin cutting out and painting shapes from foam core and wood. Sleep 3 hours.
Friday: Finish preparation of shapes, and load them into/onto my car. Go to bed at 3 AM.
7 AM - Wilson and Associates depart for Allentown.
7:30 - Tarp and rope holding down rectangle on top of my car begins coming undone:
We stopped to tie it back down, hopefully more securely.
8 AM - Loud flapping sound on top of the roof. Pull off the interstate. Duct tape it down.
8:30-9:30 - Pull off the interstate at least 3 or 4 more times to tie it back down. Eventually we had to ditch (quite literally) the rectangles on top of the car and put the 2x4s inside.
10 AM - 1 PM - Remainder of drive is uneventful.
1 PM - Arrive at gallery. Unload shapes. Meet Art Ambassador of The United Nations.
1:30 - Harassed by street man for my poor parking job (he wasn't wrong though). Lunch at Qdoba.
2:15 - Return to gallery, begin hanging shapes from the ceiling.
5:00 - Ibi's opening in the main gallery.
10:00 - Finish setting up the installation. Sketchy elevator ride. Picture with Ibi.
10:30 - Dunkin Donuts. Depart for Harrisonburg.
2:30 AM - Return to Harrisonburg.
8:30 AM - Church