Shadows from a dream of the 20th Century, 2003Carved black diabase stone14 × 36 × 36"; 23 × 36 × 36"; 42 × 36 × 36"

Michael Mercil’s shadows from a dream of the 20th Century, is a set of three carved black stone monoliths. The individual pieces approximate the size of grave markers; stones that mark a beginning of western sculpture. Mercil is not a stone sculptor, but here he uses traditional materials and methods to entertain notions of origin and temporality- of the past, as legacy for the future, and the future already becoming the past. The substance of this work materializes the question: “What is the object of sculpture now?”


Jul 29, 2007 – Apr 6, 2008 Open Space: Michael MercilMichael Mercil