This Sunday, I’m hitting the road with one of my favorite writers (and the only guy I know with publicly acclaimed facial hair), Andy Sturdevant; we’re taking a daytrip to Rochester Art Center to see Deep North, the new exhibition of work by St. Paul native, Chris Larson. I last saw this pop-savvy aburdist-philosopher’s work at the Creative Electric Gallery a couple of years ago – and once you see Larson’s work, you don’t quickly forget it. He’s the savant of pop-cultural margins and unlikely juxtapositions, but there’s surprising depth to his multimedia art as well. He’s especially good at revealing the weirdness inherent in mainstream American middle-class living: the strange cultural conventions of office work and modern family life, our estrangement from physical labor, our ambivalent relationships with technology. I’m eager to see his newest stuff.
So, I’m taking the carseat and trashy bits out of the old ’99 Corolla (I’m probably going to leave the dog hair in place, though–sorry, Andy); we’ll get some bad food on the road and just make a day of it.
I’m curious – what was the last show (music, visual art, theater, whatever) you were willing to leave town to see?
(NOTE TO SELF: pick up an assortment of healthy snacks – beef jerky, pink lemonade Jolly Ranchers, powdered donuts…)