April 16, 2004
made real


For me, the most indelible image from Ellison's Invisible Man has always been from the opening, where we see his set up -- basement, free electricty, a ceiling-mounted heaven of incandescent bulbs. There was the sticking-it-to-con-ed aspect, and the Notes From Underground side to it, and the forecefulness of the words. The closest I'd seen anyone come to making it physical was Droog's chandelier with 85 bulbs (scroll down, on the left). Until today, when I came across Jeff Wall's actual representation of the scene, which is about as successful as one can imagine.

Posted by dbrown at April 16, 2004 06:29 PM
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