It's all good
2004


It ís All Good is a translucent pink plastic and mirrored reproduction of the drum kit that Tallichet played in Ultra Vulva that is (mostly) inverted, lit with interior fluorescent lights, and hung from the ceiling, where it dematerializes visually into a brilliantly-lit spectacle of desire. It is transformed, in a third wave feminist act, from useful object into both another phantasmagoria of light and illusion, and a mad parody of an over-designed "designer" chandelier. Indeed, the pretty pink sculpture almost begs us to picture it as a giant Barbie© Dream Drum Kit. The piece pays homage to Oldenburg’s 1960s soft sculptures, but even more cleverly, in its own triumphant Dada act; it refers both visually and intellectually to Marcel Duchamp‘s Chocolate Grinder (1914), a similarly bizarre and functionally inert Dada object.

This is Tallichet’s first major interior work that uses light instead of sound to animate its existence. It’s All Good oozes irony since a drum kit, like the objects in Tallichet’s previous work, is a formally beautiful object that exists for the express purpose of making noise, yet this one is silent. The drum kit chained to the ceiling also reminds us of the way that the guitar of some famous rock star ends up tethered and under glass in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or at a Hard Rock Cafe; the skillfully wrought object on which someone once made great music and about which they may have once cared deeply is reduced to a mute visual display of musical celebrity as part of the interior decoration of a restaurant. Tallichet’s drum kit, on the other hand, takes these normative and predictable public identities and means of display and turns them on their head. In a sophisticated Dada reversal, like Alexander Calder’s naming of Stables and inverted Mobiles, she creates her first brilliantly illuminated "non-speaking sculpture." back