san-francisco

Mineko Grimmer

Bruce Velick Gallery

Mineko Grimmer’s two works in this exhibition made use of natural elements, such as ice, stone, water, wood, and bamboo, substances that have extraordinary esthetic and metaphorical weight in Asian art traditions. Both works were also time-based. The lesser work was Music Boxes, 1988, which consisted of a pair of wood structures shaped something like square baskets with handles across their tops. Each box enclosed a metal trough of water surmounted by an open latticework of bamboo sticks. Beneath the bamboo in one box were three taut metal wires that acted as sounding strings. In place of the strings in the other box was a brass cylinder that would chime when struck.

What caused the strings and chime to sound were pebbles falling into the music boxes from above. From the “handle” of each box hung a pyramidal popsicle of ice-bound pebbles. As the ice melted, the pebbles would fall, one or

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