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Strut and Fret: Robert Weatherford at Ah Haa School for the Arts

June Art Walk: Weatherford and More

July 15, 2015 - Susan Viebrock

The title of Robert Weatherford’s show, “Strut and Fret,” is a reference to lines from Act 5, scene 5 in Shakespeare’s “MacBeth”:

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”

Three of Weatherford’s new images at Ah Haa feature a Japanese porcelain, a German with a rucksack, and a baby rabbit, familiar objects from the artist’s vast collection of tchotkes (bric-a-brac), which he sets like a director inside a 19th-century architectural model of a theatre front, each gewgew standing in for different personae we assume to help get us through life:

“The ‘Japanese Porcelain Landscape’ represents a way of life that continually wants to remain in a state of Transcendent Awe of Nature, true for lots of us Telluriders. To be in the middle of one of the world’s most beautiful places is a fulfillment all by itself.”