Brad Kahlhamer’s Search for His Native Manhattan Roots in Mesa, Arizona
They originally planned for the trailer to become Kahlhamer’s studio within the Mesa Swap Meet. “We would have 24/7 video to record all interactions with him and the Swap Meet community and transients,” continued Boas, “a social practice project where Brad worked on his nomad notebooks and interacted with people. “
In the end, they took another path and the trailer became the centerpiece of the SMoCA exhibit. The vehicle had to be fumigated and equipped to meet security measures; it now includes a scene and a new input and output. “I think people lived there, crawling at night,” Kahlhamer said of the former caravan life. “There was some pretty nasty stuff; it needed an insane fumigation bomb, and there was a lot of water damage, but once it dried, it was really great. Inside, the trailer is filled with Kahlhamer’s drawings, watercolors, Kachina figurines, taxidermy and bleached plastic chairs he stencilled with images of Indian chiefs.
While the trailer is the main attraction of the SMoCA exhibit, there is also a large-scale Super Catcher, a giant, mother of all Dream Catchers hanging from the ceiling, made of wire, bells and cones. of jingles.