Bill Will: Fun House
Friday, September 22 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 23 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 24 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, September 27 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, September 28 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, September 29 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 30 at 11:00am to 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
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.