This week's Pagan Sphinx Shadow Shot Sunday entry features my photographs of the works of Robert Taplin taken at an exhibition of his work at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.
Everything Real Is Imagined (After Dante) consists of nine sculptures or dioramas (a sampling of which are depicted here, each referencing scenes from Dante's Inferno as modern allegories of political strife. Taplin's story begins as Dante's does with the uncertain sense of whether or not we are in a dream or reality
Everything Real Is Imagined is part of the larger group exhibition These Days: Elegies for Modern Times
George Bolster, Chris Doyle, Micah Silver, Robert Taplin, Sam Taylor-Wood and Pawel Wojtasik In 1967 Jackson Browne penned the lyric: "These days I seem to think about/ How all the changes came about my ways/ And I wonder if I'll see another highway." As the world shifts around us in ways that are profoundly disorienting, Browne's song resonates. Bringing together six artists whose work is infused with that lyric's sense of wonderment, and with the poetic and musical tradition of the elegy, These Days: Elegies for Modern Times responds to today's changing world with installations, photographs, painting, sculpture and video. The exhibition is at once an extended lamentation, but also full of a revelatory sense of possibility and hope. Opening Saturday, April 4, 2009 the exhibition features work by George Bolster, Chris Doyle, Micah Silver, Robert Taplin, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Pawel Wojtasik. Two of the artists will exhibit works from the past year while the other four have created new installations specifically for the exhibition including two room-size works: a 12' tall, 36' diameter video panorama and a full-size chapel-like environment.
Everything Real Is Imagined (After Dante)
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Thus My Soul Which Was Still In Flight
(The Dark Wood)
Across The Dark Waters
(The River Acheron)
Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted by Tracy at Hey, Harriet in Brisbane