Friday, October 24, 2008

New Orleans Report

Sent from CalArts Alum Sean Boyle:

I've been working as an assistant on this project of Mark Bradford's for about 18 months. The ark sits in the Lower Ninth Ward at Caffin Ave and N. Miro on what used to be the Chalumette Funeral Home.
The project title, Mithra, is a mythical allusion to a bull that was sacrificed and from the blood of its loins sprang the flora and fauna of the earth.
I think that it's fitting that the community has embraced it as a symbol of hope while the media, art world, and 'up-towners' are keenly aware of its criticism of the failed power systems that New Orleans represents, particularly at this juncture in American history.

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