published on EUTOPIA: Contemporary Art Review
Un Teatro del Nuovo
Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnatti, OH [link]
Elevating the ubiquitous structures of urban construction, the semi-temporary systems of renewal become the allegorical model for a new norm. An opera of the common displaced within the institution inverts and dissolves the typical, reversing context of exterior (mundane) to interior (sacred) and allowing the secular elevation to the epiphanistic.
With an elevated singing platform, 360-degree video montage, and craggy lumber stelae the intent unfolds as a more delicate archeology where one engages ghosts of primal ritualization: a brief poetic, insane glorification of the nomadic, ever-present ignored… the laborious modern religious sacrifice performed for the city.
~ Ryder Richards
photos courtesy of the Weston Art Gallery (by Tony Walsh) and the author