Work in progress, 2 person show at N.C.A. February 2009
"All the Names"
(detail, in progress)
Botanical accession labels grid.
30 x40 inches.
"Base of the World, Magic Base No. 3 by Piero Manzoni 1961 Homage to Galileo."
The world as sculpture.
Mona Hatoum, "Socle du Monde" 1992-1993
Wooden structure, steel plates, magnets and iron fillings
64 5/8 x 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in. (164 x 200 x 200 cm)
Photo: Edward Woodman
Besides a tribute to Manzoni's sculpture by the same name of 1961, Hatoum says like the black stone of the Kaaba, thirty years of wars and deceits have turned Manzoni's pure work black with the sins of man.
I see "12.2.42" as part tribute (to scientific endeavor) and part warning (of the imperfect nature of mankind's knowledge). The smallness of mankind's achievements set against the vastness of creation. The ultimate failure of all technologies and even civilization itself. It is a Vanitas sculpture. It critiques the arrogance of scientific knowledge. I half suspect this world will be sucked through the eye of an atom sized black-hole, produced in the new Cern accelerator. What a suitable end it would be for this planet, wrecked as it is, by mankind's insatiable greed.
“Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in
Genesis 2:8 9
In the Bible, God tells the man to name the animals (Genesis ). In the Qur'an, Allah teaches Adam the names "of all things" and Adam repeats them (Ta-ha 20:120).