Real life ranges far and wide and happens in unexpected places — so too with the Lifelike exhibition, which includes a number of artworks placed outside the Walker’s galleries, Jonathan Seliger’s milk carton and Robert Therrien’s table-and-chair set being two outsized examples. However, the “fixture model” paintings by David Lefkowitz and ashtray sculptures by Ruben Nusz are not so immediately apparent; not only are these two series of artworks life-sized, but they’ve been distributed throughout the Walker in various nooks and crannies and other unobtrusive places. A natural set-up for a scavenger hunt, yes?
First up is the hunt for Lefkowtiz’s diminutive oil paintings, partly because the artist is giving a free gallery talk here next Thursday, April 19. Altogether, he installed 21 of these trompe l’oeil works depicting electrical outlets, thermostats, control panels, and other electrical wall fixtures, but we opted to go easy with this first round of clues, below: six of the seven are for the “fixtures” in the Lifelike galleries. See the FAQ below for details, and watch for the ashtray hunt in early May!
1. One of the works in Lifelike features a somewhat gloomy setting—you could shed some light on it with a lamp “plugged in” to the nearby Fixture: Model #0 1???.
2. Fixture: Model #12S41 appears to be grimy, but it’s nowhere near as gross as the evolving fruit on display above it.
3. A large swath of species from the agaricales: agaricus order directs the eye up and over to Fixture: Model #91SM1.
4. It’s hard to tell, but a woman seems to find Fixture: Model #12RY8 more interesting than her offspring.
5. If you were to plug a toaster into Fixture: Model #12F72, a nearby work has something that could make use of it.
6. Could Fixture: Model #12KT7 be an emergency control panel for the adjacent artwork?
7. Fixture: Model #12PS1 is well-camouflaged by real-life counterparts in the Cargill Lounge.
SCAVENGER HUNT FAQ
WHAT is the the prize?
A $25 gift card for the Walker Shop.
WHO’s eligible to win?
Those who correctly locate all seven artworks will be entered in a drawing.
HOW do I enter?
Write a detailed description of the location for each artwork, or send photos that either identify the individual pieces or show their location.
WHEN? By Friday, April 27.