I’m showing “The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of the Goose,” an etching, in a curated show called “Locals’ Night, at Ink Lounge, a print-centered gallery in Denver. It opens November 21st, and runs until January 7th, and there’s a lot of good work in it, from what I saw laying around as they prepared to hang the show. My piece is from a series of board game-related pieces I did in the early 1990s. I thought it was time to pull that work out again, and up came an opportunity. Here’s a little version:
The Game of the Goose dates back to at least the 1500s, and this etching is related to a version that was printed in England around 1800 by John Wallis. Played with dice, this is considered the prototype of all “race” games, and a variety of terrors, dangers, and opportunities lurk on the way to the central portal. Some of these, like Death, ended the game entirely for the unlucky player. This was a drinking and gambling game, and if one landed on the Ale House, for instance, one would be obliged to add money to the pot, drink, then wait through a whole cycle of turn-taking before rejoining the race. Falling in The Well could also cause wet, frustrating delays. On the other hand, landing on a Goose would double the number one rolled, allowing one to swiftly proceed toward victory and profit. Original impressions of this early British printing are exceptionally rare, the late 20th century Waldemar variant even more so. It is one artifact of my continuing study of how the human species spends their time. It’s a small edition (7). Go to Ink Lounge and buy one, or at least look at it. Here’s the site for the show:
See you there.