“Some time ago I heard over the radio an old man describing how each evening at bed time he was “wired up” so that if his heart stopped during the night, an alarm would ring in the home of his undertaker, who would quickly collect his still warm corpse and freeze it. The speaker was convinced that it might be possible within the next twenty years, and certainly within the next fifty years, for science to have developed a means of unfreezing, revivifying and rejuvenating his cadaver. He was so convinced of the possibility of this grotesque resurrection that he had invested very large sums in the undertaking and firmly believed that he would be reunited with his already frozen wife, who would be similarly revitalized. Presumably they would continue their life together behind the chain link fence of some Elysian retirement home designed by Disneyland Incorporated. The old man seemed to be unclear whether this second life would be forever, or if it was to be but a brief second chance. He was certainly unconcerned about the expense of housing and maintaining the constantly increasing numbers of the living dead. It also seemed to me that he was a little naive about the reliability and punctiliousness of undertakers, but I suppose that he would argue that he had nothing to lose.
Many have wondered if Lazarus was happy to be brought back to life after he had been dead only a few days. To return in fifty years might be not only strange but also horrendous.”
from A Backwards Glance by George Wallace
The Point Gallery is located in Fulford Harbour on Saltspring. I was there about a week ago to see George’s show. George died several years ago. I’ve seen these pieces before, covered in dust, in storage in his son’s boat building shop. It was wonderful to see them in a gallery space.
The Point Gallery
132 Beaver Point Road,
(entrance on Southridge Road)
Also at The Point wasDoke Ostle from the UK who creates suggestively poignant portraits of children from poppy petals.
And Deboragh Gainer, a local artist and a clay sculptor.
“Working in clay feels similar to working soil in the garden. I have this image of people growing out of the earth made out of the clay. There is a freedom in the process of building each piece, alchemy in the firing, acknowledgement of fluid turned to stone. I work the clay quickly hitting, pulling, and manipulating. My intent is it to keep the spontaneous moment.
I like the strength and meaning of a group, and the way the group becomes the collective, an object in itself, a crowd. I want to give the group form, show what they are and what they are doing, I want to give the figures weight and ground them, make them strong and intimate but set off balance by a singular moment of revelation, building souls rather than individuals.”
from Deboragh Gainer’s artist statement