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For Tatlin And the Hopes of All the Ages

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Published on Feb 4, 2009

Feb. 2009 - I approached my local Lowe's Home Improvement store to borrow 27 ladders to create a temporary installation titled "For Tatlin...and the Hopes of All the Ages". I was inspired by the Russian Constructivist artist, Vladimir Tatlin and his model for "The Monument to the Third International". Tatlin and the Constructivists were enthusiastic about the possibilities for a better world after the Bolshevik Revolution early in the 20th Century. Ive never been able to help thinking about ladders in connection with Tatlin's model for his grand dream of a utopian future. It looks like it is made of ladders - one ladder even stands in the background of a famous photograph of Tatlin and his model. More importantly - ladders leaning against each other, holding each other up, spiraling upward express the spirit of the hope of Tatlin. At the beginning of our 21st - filled with both cynicism and hope I saw the potential for hope in the fact that Thomas Holsigner, manager of my local Lowes store, was willing to loan an artist 27 ladders for a month. My hope for our world is not as sweeping and grand as Tatlins was his were not fulfilled. Mine is based on small interpersonal temporary moments instead of monuments a whole culture is beyond my grasp, but I do understand that down where we all live we can be one ladder attached to another, holding each other up.

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