Canadian artist Guy Laramee has been making the rounds lately, his work titled The Great Wall garnering quite a lot of attention. But I’ve decided to take a look at one of his older project called The Wreck of Hope. Based on Casper David Friedrich’s tragic painting The Wreck of the Hope, Laramee’s piece takes on a contemporary, the painting being recreated inside of an oil barrel. Here’s his take:
On a first level, my 3D piece is an obvious comment about how actual is the Romantic position on the failure of civilization – how do we not only get Romanticism out of the closet of history, but how we still construct it. Each turn of modern history seems to provide evidence for the death of ideologies of progress, the ideologies of “hope”. Nowadays, it is petroleum and the destruction of ecosystems that is brought up as proof of the wreck. Indeed my piece could be foreseeing future wrecks, as the Korean are already building oil tankers to cross the now melting Artic Sea. So somehow, doing the piece was a way for me to question our obsession with innovation and the loss of our cultural roots. My personal way of linking myself back to a greater whole was to examine this need I had to reject the past, particularly artistic traditions.
You can read more about his piece by clicking here.