Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Atlas (photographs)

Atlas is the Greek God and Titan who led the rebellion against Zeus for which he was condemned to bear the heavens upon his shoulders. The story has it that he became the personification of endurance. The short video picks up on the ancient legend and continues a series of trials, tribulations, and enactments by the Austrian sculptor and media artist Richard Jochum. The artist is digging his way through the territory of Greek mythology. Atlas has been performed on the summit of the Austrian Alps in August 2008 among other locations. Atlas is the sequel to "Sisyphus on Vacation" which was performed 2006 and shown in 2007.

On display: 4 photographs/video stills (North, West, East, South), 20 x 24 inches, 2008-2009.

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