By scoring a scary scene from Jurassic Park with let's call it nonmusical instrumentation, Mikalson declines the tired simulacra of alien melodrama into a spectacle of silliness and indeterminacy. And by almost literally enclosing us within the anatomy of a species we might never otherwise encounter (touching the bones is encouraged), the DenDanto brothers give us the rare sensation of being dwarfed by the presence of life in many ways greater than us. Taken together, albeit in some distant conceptual way, this work hacks away at the deep-seated mythologies we uphold when we consider living things that don't immediately remind us of ourselves. ^

'BUMP' | multimedia installation at ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St, Portland | through April 7

'BUMP' Whale bone, steel cable, and burlap cloth by Dan DenDanto and Frank DenDanto III.

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