The smallness of human achievement
His new exhibition is huge –
like his canvases: each one, 30 feet square.
In a corner of every canvas,
a tiny image of some major feat of human
achievement. Fire. A wheel.
The Mona Lisa. Space travel. The internet.
When asked why the images
are depicted so small in comparison to the
vast, remaining space – all
of it painted black on each one of the 144
canvases – a gallery official
points to some blurb on a stand close by:
‘It’s comforting to think of
human achievements as the very pinnacle
of all accomplishment. Yet,
here, the artist confronts this thinking by
placing man’s greatest feats
in what he sees as proper cosmic context
(the negative blackness, his
metaphor for the universe’s immensity).’
Most go past pretty quickly,
keen to see dogs fucking in formaldehyde.
Mark Anthony Owen
Mark Antony Owen works as a copywriter in the UK. When not prostituting his creativity, he treats muses to picnic lunches (with wine), hoping for their kisses. He’s only just started publishing his poetry – though probably not in anything you’ve heard of.