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The Morris Graves Museum of Art

THE EXHIBITION AT THE END OF TIME,
AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

DECEMBER 12, 2012 - JANUARY 20, 2013

HUMBOLDT ARTS COUNCIL
IN THE

MORRIS GRAVES MUSEUM OF ART

Here's a link to a PDF of the Gallery Guide which might answer some questions.

EUREKA

The exhibition was open to the public (with some safety considerations) during installation, as it was being created "in situ". Work setting things up began December 3rd with visitors able to get an idea of the look of things very early on. By December 21st, the evening of the official opening event, "The Opening at the End", everything was in place. "TRUTH" and "BEAUTY" were speeding around the track in the Thonson Gallery; in the Rotunda, the fur floor was walkable; music (only the Skeeter Davis song "The End of the World"), was being played...

On New Year's Day, Art Waves with host Wendy Butler, broadcast an interview done with
Peter Santino at the Morris Graves Museum on KHSU, the local NPR affiliate.
That interview is available here:

Here's a link to a PDF of the Gallery Guide which might answer some questions.

 

VIDEO POSTED ON YOUTUBE:


Quite a bit of video was taken at both the "Opening at the End" on December 21st, 2012, and at the "Arts! Alive Event", January 5th, 2013. These do add something to the documentation and may in fact be a better way of documenting certain aspects of the work. Below follow several examples, and there are a number of other videos, including music performances at the YouTube site:

time historyatrium

DOCUMENTATION: PHOTO GALLERIES

Below follow a number of Flash photo galleries detailing the works in The Exhbition at the End of Time, at the End of the World. These are quickly put together but do not function quite as well as the JavaScript photo galleries found throughout the rest of this website. They take a bit longer to load and it is not possible to "save as' from within them. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Peter Santino , by email if you require better documentation.

 

THE EXHIBITION AT THE END OF TIME,
AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

"The End of Time"
20' x 38', painted Masonite, dense foam, tubing, clamps, radio controlled cars. 2012.
A race track in the form of an infinity symbol allowing viewers to operate radio controlled cars and race "TRUTH" against "BEAUTY".
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing construction and the finished painting in use):

end of time

 

"The End of History"
25' x 25', carved dense foam, Portland cement and acrylic polymer resin, seine twine, pulleys, brass knobs and name tags, ambient sound. 2012
A dropped ceiling, sitting at approx. 8 feet in a gallery with a 15 foot ceiling, allowing viewers to walk underneath. Each of the 33 panels is connected by a series of pulleys to a terminal block with name tag.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing construction and the finished painting in use):

end of history

Additional documentation is on this linked page: "The End of History"

 

"The One True Thing"
4' diameter circle on support structure rising to 54", tinted sand on plywood, fabric. 2012
A sand painting in loose tinted sand, raised off the floor and intended to be viewed from the Atrium balcony above.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing construction and the finished painting) :

one true thing

 

"The End of the World, 1968-2012" (fur)
39' diameter circle (truncated), faux arctic fox fur on corrugated cardboard on floor, piano, sheet music, portable record player, 45 RPM record. 2012.
A floor painting in faux arctic fox fur intended to be walked on and rolled around on. Also incorporates a piano and sheet music which may be played and a portable record with a 45 RPM record which may also be played.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing construction and the finished painting in use):

end of the world (fur)

"The End of the World, 1968-2012" (grass)
15' x 100' , grass sod, potting soil, plastic trays. 2012
An outdoor painting in living, growing pods of grass arranged in Braille Code to spell out its own title.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing construction and the almost finished painting):

garden

"The End"
dimensions variable, Blu-Ray player, video projector, sound bar. 2012
A projection of a 9 min. 30 sec. digital video consisting of a brief image of a sunset with THE END superimposed followed by scrolling credits of many people worked with during the past 44 years of exhibiting art.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing several screen captures)

THE END

"The End of Me"
24" x 20" (each), 10 framed color photographs. 2012
A grouping of ten framed photographs of the tips of the artist's fingers. Originally taken in 1993 using traditional color film photography, the images were drum scanned and printed using ink jet technology in 2012.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing each photo and the group as hung for this exhibition):

end of me 

"The End of the Sun"
40" x 30" (each), #1 through #7, oil on canvas. 2012
A grouping of 7 paintings of digital images of the locally observed annular eclipse, May 20, 2012.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing each photo and the group as hung for this exhibition):

End of Sun

"Deadfall"
30" x 40" (each), "Deadfall 1", "Deadfall 2", "Deadfall 3", oil on canvas, 2012
A grouping of three paintings of the same digital image of a sunset at Deadfall lake.
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing each photo and the group as hung for this exhibition):

deadfall

CAD Drawings
13" x 19" (each), ink on paper, 2012
A grouping of 9 ink jet prints of images created in the 3D drawing software, Rhino 3D; the software used to figure out the layout of "The End of History".
(selecting the image below will lead to a gallery of images showing each photo and the group as hung for this exhibition):

 

CAD

 

 

 

Some Press:
The Northcoast Journal

A well written introduction to the show by Jason Marak.

And:
A little something at the national level (ARTnews) about The End of the World:
artnews

and also, something at the local level (The Times Standard) about The Beginning of the World:

waco

 

A word of explanation:

Why do an exhibition centered around an eccentric belief that the Mayan culture somehow knew the end of the world was scheduled to occur at the end of the year 2012?
Well, the simplest answer is that I have always liked the idea of a themed exhibition and working with this well known prophecy I could set up the information long in advance on my website to allow fans, followers and believers sufficient time to sell their houses, settle their affairs and move here, to Eureka; the recognized "safest" place to be during such events.
But there's also another reason:
I am quite likely personally responsible for this whole "Mayan calendar", "end of the world", global apocalypse event, and feel it's my obligation and the honorable thing to go ahead and accept that responsibility and have it associated with my name.

Allow me to explain:
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