Orange Crush

Local artist Eugene Parnell takes an amusing dig at the formaldehyde sharks of Damien Hirst with this considerably cheaper approximation. In keeping with Punch's "Orange Crush" theme, the small aquarium appears to have been filled with orange Jell-O, which encases a toy shark within. So is the piece merely a big "fuck you" to Hirst, whose work sells for millions of dollars? This shark installation probably cost under $100, excluding the labor of going to Costco, buying all that Jell-O, then mixing it. Is the thing edible? (Not the shark, but the Jell-O?) Maybe, when the show closes on Sat., Aug. 28, Parnell could sell little samples of the piece that visitors could eat in paper cups. At the end, revealed in the empty, non-toxic aquarium, the toy shark would be revealed at last--a harmless bath toy made in China, not a killer. BRIAN MILLER

Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 5. Continues through Aug. 28, 2010

 
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