George Albon’s Brief Capital of Disturbances has been blessed with some multidisciplinary offspring. Composer Mischa Salkind-Pearl has used it as a text in his piece “American Temple” (See the Omnidawn entry of April 6, 2009), and now artist Erik Waterkotte has created a suite of original prints based on passages from the book. The suite, called Re-encounters and Reconnaissance,comprises seven images (unique print, mixed media, and collage) that offer a Dantesque vision of technology and the anonymous.
Double Illumination…A Sign on Fire
The last thing the sun’s rays shone on tonight was already yellow and bright, a <—> sign coated with reflecting gloss at the T-juncture. In the dull matte of the surrounding woods and roadway this double illumination pierced the late afternoon, a sign on fire.
To Grant a Lacking Status from Those about to Disappear
Not to Protect Phenomena, but to Mislay Them
Not to save phenomena, but to mislay them.
This to Parallel a Sudden Imitation…
Erik Waterkotte is Assistant Professor of the Department of Art at Minnesota State University. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., Europe, and farther afield (Shanxi, China; Novosibirski, Siberia). His work, Waterkotte says, “examines the fabrication and deterioration of events portrayed by the media. With recent events I have become compelled by the imagery of disaster; broken architectures, voids of space and atmosphere distort a once decipherable place. By examining the layers of the media screen the printed image becomes evidence as well as projection.” For more work by Erik Waterkotte, and check out his page at MNartists, a project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center.