by Tara Morgan
Boise Weely reporters swarmed the surprisingly chilly streets of downtown Boise on First Thursday, April 5. In case you missed out on any of the artsy action, here are some of the highlights:
Staff Writer Andrew Crisp swung by Flying M Coffeehouse for Laurie Pearman’s new photography exhibit.
Veteran photographer Laurie Pearman, the woman behind a surprising number of Boise Weekly print photos, opened Scenes from a Dysfunctional Dollhouse at Flying M, which featured a cast of characters much smaller in size, and harder to shoot, than her usual subjects.
The photos were shot entirely within the small confines of a dollhouse Pearman played with as a child, but the characters engaged in actions that would make Barbie blush.
“There is a bathroom and I thought about doing a bulimic wife, but it was just too small,” Pearman said.
Lighting is key, particularly in a bathroom scene with a male and female doll. The sinister shadows give the photo, which depicts a woman about to take a line of cocaine off a vanity mirror, a sense of impending doom when she’s discovered.
“I used a tiny piece of paper, and then I used a makeup brush,” said Pearman of forming the lines, “and then I finally got it all together and I dropped it.”
Pearman said the shoot took several days because of the building’s small scale.
Down the street, BW’s April Foster stopped by Goldy’s Corner for a glimpse at a group show featuring more than 10 different local artists.
Goldy's Corner had a diverse display on its yellow walls. It had neon-laced futuristic acrylics from artist Lyndsey Barnes, shiny vintage cars from Rachel Cutler, mountain landscapes and flower stills from artist E. Rose and assorted human figures on canvas from an unnamed artist.
Foster also checked out Salon 162 and some of the new artists at the Eighth Street Marketplace Artist in Residence studios.
In Salon 162, just below the AIR Studios, a number of works from Karelia Dubkowski were on display. She used colorful psychedelic patterns and underwater themes, including the glowing "Sea Dragon," and the part-bird, part-bug, part-human and part-fish "N.Z. Warrior King."
In the AIR Studios, artist Star Moxley set up an interactive, multimedia circus-themed display. The centerpiece was a giant 6-foot-tall box that will remain in the exhibit for the entirety of her six-month residency. The exhibit will change month-to-month, but the box will remain a constant.
Down the hall, Cody Rutty had a number of mind-bending digital images, along with pieces that contained tanks and other military themes. The subject matter and medium varied from piece to piece.
BW New Media Czar Josh Gross also made his way to BODO, slinking into Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar to see former BW intern Will Eichelberger’s exhibit.
Much of Eichelberger’s work featured skateboards, either in the imagery or as the media. A series of skateboard decks had been painted or covered with a collage of materials, including one that dialed up the meta by using a Boise Weekly cover in a collage.
Opera Idaho brought in the cast of The Ballad of Baby Doe, the American opera steeped in turn-of-the-century history, particularly the debate over silver-vs-gold for the dollar standard.
Live arias were paired with a delicately blended martini comprised of Wild Turkey bourbon and Herradura Silver tequila with a chili, sugar and salt rim, aptly titled the Silver and Gold.
Of particular note was Dirk Robinson’s soaring, all-German Wagner aria, his voice sanding out the rough edges of the language.
Bricolage played host to Movable Type, a delivery truck that had been converted into a mobile letter press studio that was on its way across the country.
Press operator Kyle Durrie was demonstrating the press to anyone who stepped inside by printing the bottom half of a poster with the words “another dingbat.”
People could then take that poster outside and have the top filled in with the word “another day,” by Idaho Poster and Letterpress owner Bingo Barnes.
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