Next were blackboards by Daniel Calder. These were extremely fun. Each one had an image permanently rendered onto the surface, but a holder on the wall held chalk and an eraser, and invited the viewer to make changes and play with the image. Olivia and I spent a few minutes debating whether we were, indeed, being invited to deface the art. We decided that we were, and Olivia, with a few firm strokes made a female figure more voluptuous. She added a bit of breast, some curves.
'I guess I have to do it now,' I said. Olivia, grinning, nodded.
So I drew a question mark above George Washington's head. Then I drew snot coming out of the nose of a leaning, film-noir-type gentleman. We giggled a lot. I have to say, I really liked these works. There must be something said for inviting your audience to let their hair down.