Cosmic Comedy/ Millennial Music, 1999-2000. The approaching Millennium created a stir from the apocalyptists, historians,
prophets, numerologists and scolds. The anticipation of a new
era and the passing of the twentieth century made a response
inevitable, because no matter what was being done it was considered related to the event. In the spirit of social rapport, I set
out to make a painting that would amuse my own prophetic inclinations as well. I included images from previous paintings,
a freewheeling spatial structure with abstract illusionist and
perspectival effects to further contort the ambiguities engaged.
This painting is a phantasmagoria of formalist, surreal and sci-fi signifiers. Configurations are painted as matters of fact when
they are phenomenalist in origin. These are contrivances and
conjectures to suggest deranged technology and fantastic dynamics. The extravagant title helps to position the incongruities and temerity in the mix. No known images are depicted,
yet the abstract elements are given dimensional rendering.
Cosmic Comedy / Millennial Music, 1999-2000
78” x 120” (198.12 cm x 304.8 cm) oil on acrylic on linen
|© 2012 Kes Zapkus|