Robert Taplin: Everything Imagined is Real

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…┬áthese 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.

Thanks Kyle


May 11, 2010