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Kevin Hanley and Euan Macdonald • Ditch Projects (1)

Kevin Hanley and Euan Macdonald: The Start of a Gauntlet of Beings, October 26 – November 23, 2013. Installation view. Springfield, Oregon: Ditch Projects, 2013.

The Start of a Gauntlet of Beings was originally installed at Compact gallery, San Luis Obispo in 2011 and is being re-created for Ditch Projects. The title of the installation comes from “This is the beginning of man – the start of a gauntlet of beings – which has brought us to what we are now,” a quote by Sandal Makara, published in an interview for the San Luis Obispo County Telegram Tribune, November 11, 1968. Sandal Makara with his son Paka were circumnavigating a conventional lifestyle living on a self-made boat; they had “dropped out”. Sandal’s boathouse cut an iconic presence into a foggy bay; a dark green, angular, self- made 26-foot long wooden boat adorned with its maker’s paintings and scarred by its environment. In 2004 Sandal passed away on his boat. Within weeks, local efforts to see his dwelling preserved failed, and the boat was condemned. In the small window of time between the craft being beached and demolished, Morro Bay resident artist Stuart Denker photographed, measured and diagrammed Sandal’s “Monastery”.

Courtesy of Ditch Projects.

Artist Credit: Kevin Hanley, Euan Macdonald

Exhibition: Kevin Hanley and Euan Macdonald: The Start of a Gauntlet of Beings, October 26 – November 23, 2013

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