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"GIGANTIC: Sculpture by Tim Reitenbach"
2002-08-03 until 2002-09-22
Springfield Museum of Art
USA United States of America
Titled GIGANTIC the show is comprised of several large-scale
installations by Tim Reitenbach - each exploring death and the sense of mortality we face
as we enter midlife. Each piece utilizes skeletons, and Rietenbach
explains that among his many influences are the twisted humor
surrounding Halloween, integrated with symbols whose meaning is taken
for granted, and his obsession with handcrafting.
The large skeleton sculpture (also titled GIGANTIC) will encompass
one room of the museum, filling the space and transforming it into a
sarcophagus for the piece. Rietenbach creates a structure that
embraces adult themes in a way that will engage a childs
imagination Giants being a regular feature in childrens
irnaginations. The modest, everyday materials Rietenbach uses in his
installations become extraordinary as they are manipulated into works
of extreme and spectacular scale.
In a separate room are Going to Hell, Burning Cross Bones,
Anatomy Lesson, and Swastika. Swastika attracted media attention
when members of the Jewish Defense League requested it be removed
from an exhibition. Seen in context with other images of death and
mortality the piece becomes part of a dialogue about the many ways in
which death enters into our existence, our culture, and our
understanding of life.