Everything Imagined is Real (after Dante) consists of a series of 9 sculptures by artist Robert Taplin (previously) exhibited at MASS MoCA. If these images seem foreboding, it’s probably because the 9 scenes represent the story of Dante’s Inferno. And what isn’t creepy about Hell?
“My personal hell is being stuck in a room with Carrot Top.” Maybe you’ve said this, or some other iteration where eternal damnation is aligned with a lost phone charger, or an endless viewing of the upcoming Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl movie… these sculptures aren’t funny, either. But there is a contrast between the weighty subject matter and the preciousness of the models. I could be wrong since I’ve never seen these works in person, but there’s a fragility in the abeyant actions of someone getting out of bed in the middle of the night… or trying not to fall out of a canoe into the river, Styx, that bounds Hell in Dante’s Inferno.
Whether or not that river flows with tendrils of Carrot Top’s hair is up to your imagination.