Bill Will: Fun House
This is a past event. Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:00am 4:00pm
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 95, Portland, OR 97219
The fertile imagination of Bill Will, a veteran Portland conceptual sculptor and installation artist, is on full display in this extensive installation at the Hoffman Gallery. The exhibit is immersive, with the visitor tasked with walking through the “course” of the installation. The experience is full of low-fi mechanical effects, sound recordings and dramatic lighting that distracts and informs, as a circus might. Does the installation make a point about the natural absurdity of our world and the ways we’ve chosen to organize it? Perhaps. – Oregon Arts Watch
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.
Bill Will: Fun House is made possible by generous support from The Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.