I got a sneak peek at the opening of the Yukon Arts Gallery show today. I wanted to see what was happening…the ad my predecessor had put together for the show was intriguing. It had a green stag in the forest looking at you. It’s Kelly Richardson’s installation. I went into the room where the seven minute video plays, where the stag moves onto the screen, and keeps looking up at the viewer. It’s magical. It had a little Harry Potter feel to it–it glows green with a green fire and smoke coming off it. Check out this Vimeo 50 second excerpt. Imagine it across a full wall.
I once had an encounter with a deer in the forest. I was in New Mexico. I’d just had a very disturbing moment with friends–it doesn’t matter what. I was emotionally upset, and I ran out of the hotel we were all staying in. And I ran right into this deer. The deer just turned to me and looked at me. Just being looked at by something wild, as it takes you in, is mesmerizing. I remember that the whole encounter probably took only five minutes, but it felt like an eternity. It felt like the deer knew me–or could see something in me that I couldn’t see myself. It calmed me down. I know that much.