Margaret Noel and Kevin Mercer Jr. • collage and mixed media object
Small pleasures could be considered transitory experiences of enjoyment that, even if enormous, dissolve into memory once they are over...compressed versions of the original full-life, technicolor event. Drive-by vistas, trailer homes, scaffolding, billboard images: each element that comes from the combined work of Margaret Noel and Kevin Mercer Jr. against the background imagery of Levente Sulyok are as transitory as mushrooms...things that quickly appear, flourish briefly and then disappear almost as fast.
The scaffolding in Levente's billboard sized image creates a huge stage-in-progress for a tiny show--a little exhibition space about the size of a drive-through window serving up Margaret Noel's four by nine inch collage, itself like a miniature billboard depicting a road trip view of a fast approaching city from a more rural looking highway. Parked just below is Kevin Mercer Jr.'s toy sized sculpture, a nostalgic feeling, somehow collage-like construction of a trailer home. No mailbox, no landscaping--this is trailer is only stopping for a short time.
Seeing all these pieces together might seem to describe some sort of an account of an event...who knows, a traveling show? a rock concert? a carnival? What the event is doesn't matter though, not so much as the feelings these pieces collectively describe--sensations that orbit around the idea of an event...something that we move through, enjoy briefly, and pass out of. The telescopic viewfinders across the street from the grand billboard remain as the only true stationary points in the show. Like bridges, like memory, we look through them to see, in pieces and parts, the whole picture. – Dante Brebner