Artwork

Don’t Let Me Hear You Say Life’s Taking You Nowhere

About

Just above head height, a shelf lines the wall of a room, with a white-painted facade in the shape of a mountain range. From behind the mountains, a flickering image of changing-colored lights illuminates the wall of the gallery. The sounds of musicals can be faintly discerned playing in the background. Six DVD players behind the mountain range play the greatest hit movies of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This work creates a tongue in cheek, time-honoured look at the all-encompassing American ideal. The mountain range functions as both a visual indicator and as a barrier hiding the reality of the American dream. Everything behind the range is based on artificiality, illusions and technical stupefaction. Although the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical language often speak overtly of social issues, the focus here is on the creation of modern myths within the construct. Whatever the circumstances the musical language inherently becomes warped, iniquitous and misconstrued. It becomes an imitation of itself and no longer carries the same account of the original language. All that is left is a faltering mirage of noise and light.

Details

2011

MDF SHELF AND MOUNTAIN RANGE
6 DVD PLAYERS PLAYING THE GREATEST HIT MOVIES OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN (QUIETLY, ON A LOOP)
DIMENSIONS 23′  x 3.5′  x  1′

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