all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know is an artistic reflection on a literary one, a revival of thought processes developed in John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn, and, as such, a contemporary meditation on memory and forgetting. Housed in the Georg Kargl project space ‘Permanent’ as though in a glass-fronted cabinet, the 4 m high silhouette – a ‘painted’ classical urn – heightens, both literally and figuratively, the meanings of Keats’ literary one and its archaic predecessor, even as it takes liberties with these forbears. The result – one might call it ‘ekphrasis reloaded’ – relies on the viewer’s memory of Keats’ poem, just as Keats’ poem requires the reader’s memory of ancient art. Over the duration of the show the wall painting will undergo a real-life course of physical erasure and re-instatement. As in the famous parlor game, each rendition achieves gains while at the same time sustaining losses. Through this process the artist seeks to provide a visual, archaeological-based commentary on descendance.
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Installation view, interior
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Forgetting I: first paint-over of installation
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Forgetting II: second paint-over of installation
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Forgetting III: third paint-over of installation
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Remembered: final un-painting of installation
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Evening installation view, exterior