The Great Abnerio
Last Friday Abner opened his big solo show The Great Abnerio at showroom Mama in Rotterdam. Weeks of hard work on Abner’s side payed off for the interested and numerous visitors.
Besides several big-sized paintings depicting the adventures of the Great Abnerio, Abner constructed an arch to save the ‘Squiglies’ and other endangered animals (certified by God himself), an airplane, a wishing well and a big, colorful ‘Mary Go Round’. At the entrance you had to take your shoes off, because the whole floor was decorated with pieces of colorful carpet cut out in the shapes of waves, logs, clouds and islands. You also got a mustache, so that everybody could become a Great Abnerio and enter a world of friendly laughter. And, as always, you could listen to a story (The Well) on little stereos provided. In the little backroom Abner installed a cinema, where you could see the Great Abnerio perform magic tricks (in collaboration with Rocco Pezella).
Abner wouldn’t be Abner if he didn’t gratify us with a performance. Together with his Dogs of Shame buddy Wayne Horse and Chaz from The London Police he sang I Believe I Can Fly and something I believed to be a song about a mermaid, the reasons of which escaped, but amused me. My friend Julian put it right when he explained, that the Dogs of Shame only do it right, when people are actually ashamed. Otherwise it would be the Dogs of Interest or the Dogs of Ambivalence….And people were ashamed and bewildered, so they did do a good job.
To see more pictures of the opening (by Happy Famous Artists) go to No New Enemies. The show of the Great Abnerio will be on until March 13.