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Artist doesn't have go far to get to his show; his bedroom is in the gallery

Howard Halle

Let's face it: Life in the age of smart-phones and social media has become one long exercise in over-sharing. That's presumably the intended takeaway from artist  B. David Walsh's current exhibition, on view until March 1,  at Park Slope's Open Source Gallery. Titled “Extracted Bedroom Project,” this installation-cum-performance features the artist's actual bedroom, which he's relocated to the gallery for the run of the show. And he's residing in it, 24/7, until his exhibition closes.

As an historical matter, performance art pieces and beds have gone together like sheets and pillow cases: There was John Lennon & Yoko Ono's antiwar "Bed-In" at the height of Vietnam, for example; a few years later, L.A. artist Chris Burden likewise took to bed for a gallery show. So Walsh's effort is arguably part of a tradition of sorts, though he adds a few twists, like using his mattress, bed-frame, furnishings, clothing and personal items. He's also set up a live-feed over the internet, allowing you to peek in on him at any time. It's not clear if there's all that much to see—unless, you know, he's hosting an orgy or something. The more likely bet is that if you have insomnia, a few minutes of screen time with "Extracted Bedroom Project" might be the perfect remedy.


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