Charles Printz Kopelson: FOLLY, WHIMSY & TRAGEDY; LINCOLN’S DEATH IN THE THREE ACTS!!!

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Act I Dueling with J. Shields
Act II Assassination by J. Booth
Act III Funeral Train back to Illinois

I am interested in using art-making as a kind of archeology. Art making exposes a layering of personal and cultural narratives and destroys the past even as it creates a window to the present moment. There is no automatic civilization in a moment.

The past exists around me but it is incoherent and unsatisfying. What exists is interfering with my ability to decipher the moment. I attempt to surface personal themes through the obsessive elaboration of graphical motifs. My work both references the distractive nature of the layered cultural landscape while at once drawing it together into a total engagement with the spectator.

Just as one might not perceive a divine truth by attempting to decipher its mechanics, there is too much spectacle to digest, themes collapse and also constitute themselves, but it is their conjunction in the visual space that resolves this tension.

http://www.charlesprintzkopelson.com

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