Rapture

Samsøñ - 11 December 2009-30 January 2010

Hall Street Gallery at Savannah College of Art and Design March 2008, curated by Erin Dziedzic

In certain religious cosmologies, the Rapture is a moment when God calls all of the faithful to him in the sky.  The response is bodily, that is people will be snatched out of their clothes in an instant and go off to join Jesus in Paradise.   There will be piles of clothing on the street.  Planes and cars will crash because their pilots and drivers have disappeared.  The saved will go on to glory - the sinners will be left behind in a world of tribulation and in the absence of the faithful. 

Being who I am, I am not going to be raptured according to this cosmology.  It is a world view that depends on the sinner in order to create the saved.  This is nothing new: you need "blacks" to create whiteness; you need the East to create the West: you need sinners to have the saved.  You need the other to understand the self.  And the other is always the repository for the obscene desire of the self.  You have to punish the other for what you want. So what does rapture look like?  How does it feel to be carried away?  Is Ted Haggard going to heaven?  If so, then what about Mike Jones? The prints are named after those who have gone on to glory in the presence of the sinners that helped them get there. 

This work would never have been remotely possible without the assistance and vision of Eun Sook Lee at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.  She is without a doubt the force that made an idea concrete. 

A portfolio of thirteen full-sheet lithographs printed on Arches 88 Silkscreen paper in an archival box designed by the artist. Printed in an edition of sixteen with three artist proofs and one printer’s proof. 

Eun Sook Lee, Printer. 
Assisted by Ned Drummond, Jennifer Jenkins, Ryan Place, Benjamin Stanley, and Melissa Turner. 

Printed at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia  2008.

Rapture was based on a series of drawings I did in oil on mylar.  The goal was to make a book similar to my other mail art projects.  The prototype for the book was finished, but never printed.

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