Elizabeth King

Theater 1972-73

Wood, mixed media, sound, hidden electronics and motors. 66 x 49 x 20 inches, open.

A seated viewer closes the two halves of the miniature theater around her head. A light blinks on in the closet, the lamp onstage illuminates the set, and after a 40 second pause the closet door opens slowly. Inside is a puppet, mouth moving as if chewing, observing the viewer indirectly through a mirror on the wall. When the theater halves are opened, the closet door shuts and the lights go out.

Theater interior dimensions 11¼ x 17 x 17 inches. Lamp 4½ inches high; closet 8 x 3 x 2¼ inches. Walls are plaster over wooden lath strips, floor is basswood plank. Theater furnishings and props made of wood, brass, paper, wire, thread, rubber latex, etc. Puppet 6 x 2½ x 1¾ inches, made of wood, rubber latex, cloth, kid leather, hair. Movable mouth. Sound: (faintly, from speakers in the theater walls) “Gal From Kalamazoo” Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.