Performance artist Liebe Gray is on a teaching mission at the Los Angeles Childrens' Museum. Her tools are puppets, wooden cutouts, a tuba, a wading pool, slides and tapes. The surprise is that Gray's educational format--undynamic, technically haphazard--works as well as it does.
The preservation of life is her singularly understated message in "Kotick, the Fur Seal," a loose adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The White Seal."
Gray, as Kotick, crawls about the cold floor of the Museum's Louis B. Mayer Performance Space, clad in a white sweat suit, looking for an island safe from predatory men who hunt seals for their fur.
Seeking aid, she goes to Walrus, an odd wooden contraption with blue bulb eyes and then to Stella the Sea Cow. Stella, a huge, bizarre puppet, towers close to the ceiling, sways silently for a few moments and is then dropped in a heap on the floor, where her green eyes continue to glow disconcertingly through the performance.