I'm a sucker for creative, non-fancy fandom. In January, I shared a clip to Star Wars' Battle of Yavin done entirely with hands. Now I've got something of the non-motion variety. There is an art exhibit making the rounds that recreates scenes from Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The kicker -- it's done with household objects. Now, I'm not talking about taking them and making mini replicas by morphing them. Instead, this is a collection of images very similar to actual scenes, but within the constraints of the materials used. It's kind of like the hands -- they can't be perfect replicas, but the idea and mood are down pat.

The exhibition comes from Kristan Horton, a visual artist hailing from Canada. For two and a half years, the only video he had in his studio was Dr. Strangelove, and he watched it over 700 times. Why he didn't go and pick up any other video is beyond me. Heck, I love Heathers and have probably seen it 100 times, but that's over 15 years! The collection of images starts with the classic Columbia logo with the torch-bearing woman, which is shown with its recreation -- one that uses a bottle and what appears to be an old trophy bottom, some tape and some plastic or tissue. Beyond that, a plane is recreated with silverware, a remote control becomes a computer panel and an old dictionary becomes a bed. You can see some of the images here, and the exhibit is currently housed in Toronto, at York University, before it moves to Vancouver's Contemporary Art Gallery this July.
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