Art worth observing

Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro is a town of hidden treasures. One of them has been revealed at the C.X. Silver Gallery and Dim Sum Teahouse. The best of Fluxus Art is a conspiracy between the artist and the beholder to create a response, and Nye Ffarrabas is a master. I was caught immediately by the words scrolling along under the ceiling. The words are arranged in ways that brought to mind unexpected associations, and I found I needed to see where all of them coaxed my brain. My eyes were then caught by a mirror with a holy image on the other side. The face of the mirror was cracked, and its name was Vanity. And there were bones that morphed into singing bison, and I smiled and wanted to sing with them. In other arrangements, small bones presented a newborn to the tribe. I could feel the emotion of these little beings, and yet they were inert. Found objects; objects often tossed away, being considered of little worth. Genius had formed them into art that evoked deep emotions in me. Then I read poems, and enjoyed word play, and viewed thought-provoking displays. This exhibit was billed as a 50-year retrospective, but I found it also an introspective. It took me for a journey into my mind. The Silvers are excellent hosts, so if you’re up for an adventure, this one is worth more than one visit.

Devin J. Starlanyl,

West Chesterfield, June 7


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