Nonsense can be fun. There's some beautiful nonsense at the Pepper Gallery
, the City
by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, a show featuring
digital prints of strange scenes, Borgesian short-short stories posted
on the walls which purport to explain them, and in the center of the
room, the city of salt itself, modeled in salt and clay figures, which
is variously described in the texts as the city of the living, the
city of the dead, a dream, a mirage, and an illusion in the eyes of
all who perceive it, including the inhabitants. (But isn't that what
a city is?)
The text featured on the gallery's web site is from the title
piece, "City of Salt", in which the city is either a tomb built for
the potentate of a plague-stricken city, or the dream of a
plague-stricken beggar imagining that he is a king.
This is wonderful stuff. It's there through the end of April; see it if you
have the chance.