the future will be wired shut. at least
that's how it felt walking by chainlink
fences and subterranean fortresses for
cars on our way to jeff
gardiner's exhibition of drawings in
air at aptly named factory.
sarah thought the work
underdeveloped, and there was a facile clip
art vibe to the imagery, but then again the
show's title "signs
of our times" hints at Neurathian
universality, instantly comprehensible
gestures, bent steel emojis.
are notoriously hard to draw and
these were expertly rendered. i
was instantly smitten by the self-referential
piece at the entrance--two wire wrought
hands making a cat's cradle out of
lighter gauge wire.
i recently absorbed the whole vonnegut
canon via vonneguys,
a podcast devoted to close readings of all
his books in chronological order. highly
recommended whether or not you're in the
damn cat, no damn cradle."