Whitewashed

Joseph Gregory Rossano's avatar Joseph Gregory Rossano
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Whitewashed is literally and figuratively about blocks of time. The juxtaposition of an 800 year-old Douglas fir and the DNA record of late Pleistocene megafauna, harbors a history of man’s interaction with nature. During the late Pleistocene, as unenlightened stone-blade wielding primitives, we slashed our way through the Americas with nothing on our mind but survival. In our wake, much more than mammoths were lost forever: two species lion, three bears, camels, tapirs, camels, and many others. With the last millennium came the age of enlightenment, an attempt to understand the natural world and humankind's place in it solely on the basis of reason and apart from religion--an intellectual movement. Yet, with the power of our exploration, we exterminated species like the Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, Eskimo Curlew, and the Great Auk, extinguishing in our wake these tragic icons of seemingly inexhaustible natural resources. This installation pays homage to the fallen.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10
  • Medium: Tar, Whitewash, DNA Sequence, Wood, Antique Pigeon Gun
  • Width: Variable, 17' - 22'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 20