Brendan Kiley of Seattle's Stranger visits the Fry Museum to see the Degenerate Art Enslemble's attempt to merge installation and performance:
For weeks before the opening of the exhibition, Frye curator Robin Held and Kohl stressed to me in interviews that it was not supposed to be a collection of relics and artifacts from previous performances, but an experience in its own right, a distillation of the DAE aesthetic into a museumworthy show.
Kohl has spoken about how the manipulations of theater and the manipulations of a gallery are different. Theater is fast, he explained — stitching on a dress can be provisional, details can be shellacked over, and if a costume splits or a thing breaks, a little tape can hold it together until the end of the show. "But in a gallery, people get up close and examine things," he said. "So we wanted to feature the work of the artists we've worked with for years* who've mostly been in the background and bring them up to the foreground."
Though overall, Kiley is not really sold, he believes one piece is very successful. It is a sonic installation called The Tuning Nest
(Photo by Bruce Tom)