The variety of space within the Cardinal
Stritch University gallery (Milwaukee)
inspired the organization of this work.
The center sections of the gridded
glass exterior had personal ads surmounting
tiny (1”) dome-encased figures.
The tower inside the gallery included
a telescope for viewing a panel mounted
opposite. The panel was covered with
small texts (horoscopes, fortunes,
etc.) and objects of fate and desire
(amulets, wishbones, dice, etc.). A
sheer curtain with hundreds of personal
ads divided this area from the lower-ceilinged
back section. The central axis of this
second area had vintage telephones
on the interior passage; the exteriors
of each supported a giant romance novel
(6’ high). The back wall bore
long Ouija board, while each corner featured
a huge device of desire: dice, wishbone,
rabbit’s foot, or horseshoe (8 – 9’ each).
The exterior walls were covered with fragments
of romance novel texts. Fictions thus
established the visual and voyeurism as
components of longing. The telescope served
as a tool of frustrated desire, creating
the illusion that one’s object was
within reach. The outsized scale of the
second section reinforced the sense of
loneliness, while its subjects articulated
a poignant hopefulness even in the face
of a failure to connect.