Jüdisches Museum in Berlin - Obedience - part four
|The God channel|
I remember AM Radio saying to me and my friend ColeMarie that he had simply run out of ideas. He had burnt out. Others like my artist friend Aurakyoo Insoo simply disappeared. Some artists are prolific and are fortunate enough to have many ideas that span years, some have simply one or two magnificent ideas and then are done. You never really know, and that is kind of why I began keeping track of what I was doing on this blog because one day I will simply burn out too. I felt that this medium was unique and I loved the idea of possibly being part of a new movement that could one day be spoken about in an art class somewhere. So anyway, this blog is meant to catalogue my work for someone who stumbles upon it ten years down the road, I just wanted to make that clear as I sometimes fear it could come across as being supremely conceited to have been talking about myself for the last several years or whatever it is. Ok back to the explanation of the build.
The viewer turns from the bedroom and not far off is a dark scene showing Abraham watching TV late at night. In my version Abraham is contacted by God through the television set and told..
Modernized - "Abraham!”And he said, “Here I am,”God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac— and go to the Moriah Towers. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering upon the building I will show you.”
Original - "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." God said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."
Leaving this scene brings the viewer through a room that was, to me, something that suggested a breaking from reality. I imagined a sane person being told to kill their son by a God, and that they maintained their sanity while determining to do so. I envisioned the moments afterwords where Abraham may have sat staring at the TV while his mind rolled and twisted with horror. That he would stand and perhaps follow some simple routines such as placing the TV remote in its usual tray where it doesn't get misplaced. He would walk, dizzy and slightly ill, to the kitchen to open the fridge in a daze, registering nothing inside as his mind spiralled in turmoil. That was the idea of the room but also it is important in a build like this to create some variety for the viewer. In a painting you shouldn't do the same brush stroke over and over for the entire painting. You can create some thick paint areas with a giant brush, then thin bits, then a palette knife then something very thin and
And in other news I just rediscovered my twitter account which I will try to use. https://twitter.com/Bryn_Oh