Aspects of Mel’s Hole @ GCAC
This Saturday night the Grand Central Art Center kicks off the new art season with Aspects of Mel's Hole curated by Doug Harvey and featuring a slew of great artists. You do not want to miss this one. It'll be a fun one and the crowd will be huge. See you there.
In 1997 radio host Art Bell first introduced his listeners to Mel
Waters, a man from Eastern Washington who claimed to have discovered an
ancient and apparently bottomless pit on his property. The story of the
hole was remarkable enough, but the subsequent events took an almost
surreal bent- Mel was threatened into silence by the US military,
exiled into cushy Wombat Restoration service in Australia, and tipped
off to a second bottomless pit in Nevada. As the story unfolded over
the course of several years, it garnered many followers, not just among
connoisseurs of paranormal research, but among artists and writers as
After Mel's last official appearance on Bell's show in early 2002,
art critic Doug Harvey began approaching artists to participate in a
curatorial project centered on this contemporary mythological lacuna.
The response was overwhelming, and on the 10- year anniversary of the
disclosure of Mel's Hole, Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art
Center in Santa Ana is proud to present Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists
Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace. The exhibit
will include contributions from Georganne Deen, Jeffrey Vallance,
Marnie Weber, Paul Laffoley, The Center for Land Use Interpretation,
and many others. An accompanying catalog will include short essays
exploring the cultural, philosophical, psychological, and scientific
implications of Mel's Hole and will include contributions from Harvey,
Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring,
psychoanalyst/art collector Judy Spence, and others. Book Design by
Wendy Peng, Editors Sue Henger and Dave Shulman.
Opening will run from 7pm to 10pm.