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Exhibit depicts end-of-the-world fête

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
'Last New Year,' an installation/exhibit by art collective Ink Tank Lab is at a house on Rosewood Ave. in East Austin. The exhibit is an imagining of a party before doomsday.

Rogue pictures of it have already made the rounds of Facebook.

And rubber-necking drivers on Rosewood Avenue in East Austin have nearly collided while gawking at it.

The stream of found lumber gushing out of a worn bungalow is actually artist Chris Burch's contribution to "Last New Year," a temporary site-specific project by emerging art collective Ink Tank Lab.

The 10-member Austin-based collective has taken over the spacious empty bungalow for its project. The privately owned property also served as a location for the Texas Biennial exhibit last year.

For "Last New Year," Ink Tank Lab members all riffed on an end of the world theme, imagining some kind of cataclysmic event, the 2012 phenomenon that has had doomsday believers of many stripes convinced that this is the year that life as we know it will end.

But the collective imagined that a party like no other would happen and used the bungalow inside and out to create a house-sized installation. Walking through "Last New Year" is like discovering the remnants of that last mad, art-creating party.

Today's the last day to see "Last New Year."

jvanryzin@statesman.com; 445-3699