This installation, a tribute to Hector Wallace, Coney Island’s great sign painter and raconteur, is also a memory piece about the pre-gentrified Coney Island I loved when I was a child. The audio interview with Wally was done on the boardwalk in 2005 for SIDE SHOW, an exhibition of my biographical installations inspired by the lives of iconic members of Coney Island’s unique culture. This new installation incorporates the original audio with visual images of Wally’s work and my own pieces inspired by him and his wonderful food paintings. A short documentary film of the same title incorporating the audio interview with many of these same images was another fortuitous result of the Sound Showcase call for projects.
About the Artist
Barbara Siegel is an installation artist whose multimedia installations are biographically based. She is a member of A.I.R. Gallery, NYC and has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States including Marilyn Pearl Gallery, NYC, and Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo. Her work is in many public and private collections including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Art, Brown University, University of Chicago, and Yale University. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, Art News, Art on Paper, and the Village Voice. Barbara Siegel is an adjunct Associate Professor at Parsons, the New School for Design, NYC.