Our McMenamins artists having been painting new historically based panels for the Crystal Hotel (opening in May 2011) for months now. Below, artist Lyle Hehn gives a slightly mysterious explanation of one of his latest pieces...
"A Call from the Past" (4' x 6', acrylic on panel, 2010).
The bartenders have been dutifully catching them and placing them on the bar top. Finally two glowing red live bulbs drop down, and as they fall, the two bartenders leer at each other knowingly, as if they've gotten the same idea, and it may or may not involve your arrival.
The grinning patrons seem to be in on some secret joke, as you are invited to sit down with them at the empty stool and answer the telephone. Some movement draws your attention to the mirror behind the bar, and that's when you see the woman standing there, occupying the space where your own reflection should be. She's holding the receiver of the telephone up to her ear, waiting to talk to you.
As you reach for the telephone, something about it makes you doubt which side of the mirror you're on. Everywhere you look, now, things are askew, ungrounded, disconnected or even missing entirely.
You order a drink instead.