Paul Laffoley, Mel's Hole, 2007-08. Oil, acrylic, vinyl letter on canvas 38 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.

Click here to read the text of HOLE STORY , DH's essay for the Aspects of Mel's Hole catalog

Click here to listen to the original radio broadcasts on youtube.

In 1997 radio host Art Bell first introduced his listeners to Mel Waters, a man from Eastern Washington who claimed to have discovered an ancient and apparently bottomless pit on his property. The story of the hole was remarkable enough, but the subsequent events took an almost surreal bent- Mel was threatened into silence by the US military, exiled into cushy Wombat Restoration service in Australia, and tipped off to a second bottomless pit in Nevada. As the story unfolded over the course of several years, it garnered many followers, not just among connoisseurs of paranormal research, but among artists and writers as well.

After Mel's last official appearance on Bell's show in early 2002, LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey began approaching artists to participate in a curatorial project centered on this contemporary mythological lacuna. The response was overwhelming, and on the 10- year anniversary of the disclosure of Mel's Hole, Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is proud to present Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace. The exhibit will include contributions from Georganne Deen, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Paul Laffoley, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and many others. An accompanying catalog will include short essays exploring the cultural, philosophical, psychological, and scientific implications of Mel's Hole and will include contributions from Harvey, Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, psychoanalyst/art collector Judy Spence, and others. Book Design by Wendy Peng, Editors Sue Henger and Dave Shulman. Special thanks to the GCAC staff and all our supporters.

Artists for Mel's Hole

Reverend Ethan Acres
Tim Armstrong
David B.
Jimmy Chertkow
Sarah Cromarty
Albert Cuellar
Christian Cummings
Georganne Deen
Mark Dutcher
Gregg Gibbs
James Hayward
John Higham
Elliott Hundley
Marie Johnston
Paul Laffoley
Nate Lowman
Michael C. McMillen
Avigail Moss
Gary Panter
M.A. Peers
Mary Pongratz
Victoria Reynolds
Steve Roden
Ross Rudel
Connie Samaras
Charles Schneider
April Schwass
Jim Shaw
Nathan Spoor
Linda Stark
Craig Stecyk
Don Suggs
The Center for Land Use Interpretation
The Firesign Theatre
Dani Tull
Jeffrey Vallance
Marnie Weber
Georgeanne Deen
Cathy Ward
Chris Wilder
Eric Wright
Brenna Youngblood

Aspects of Mels Hole Image Gallery 2 - Taylor Jessen

Aspects of Mels Hole Image Gallery