17 April–04 May, 2013
On Getting to The Altar of Good Fortune
For my show at Seventh Gallery I am presenting a work called On Getting to The Altar of Good Fortune. It is a travelogue and research project detailing a 2012 vacation in Germany that became an attempt to learn about the forgotten creator of The Altar of Good Fortune; a minimalist sculpture commissioned by Johann Goethe in the 18th century. The story details the various people and channels that allowed me to learn about the man who invented minimalism 300 years ahead of its time, as well as his obscure final descendants – a workshop assistant at the Weimar Bauhaus school, and this man’s son; a Stasi-observed avant-garde jazz musician. Scattered through this story are historical anecdotes related to geometry, colour, photography and space travel.
The work takes the form of a voice recording accompanied by music by Bernard Hermann from his soundtrack for Vertigo. I shot several rolls of black and white film on the vacation, but as they were improperly developed I am instead presenting a near-empty entirely white room, to be intentionally left uncleaned through the duration of the show.
Goodbye, Ilya Milstein.