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Reliquary for Black and White and Red All Over
Reliquary for Black and White and Red All Over
acrylic paint on papier-mâché and basswood with mounted magic lantern slide
10.5” x 7” x 4”
2016

After experimenting with the magic lantern slide in Reliquary for Coming Home Camp, I found this mounted slide with an image of the Venus de Milo in the Louvre. Like my earlier pieces that incorporate art history slides, I wanted to explore the experience of taking in art in an age of cheap reproduction. However, as multiple national tragedies befell France, I noted how exposure to lurid front-page news has become the new spectacle. Online headlines of several terrorist attacks are juxtaposed to the Classical image of the Venus. The words, ‘Black and White and Red all over,’ refer to the old riddle about newspapers, with the pun being that they are “read” all over. Today, the media often boils down a story to polarizing base facts, polluted by the immediacy of the digital landscape, and the “red” of the original joke is returned to the color of bloodshed.