Modern Melancholy, Gallery 1434, UCSB, Santa Barbara, Ca, 2001
In Erwin Panofsky’s essay about Albrecht Durer’s print, The Melancholia, Panofsky makes the case that Durer’s print is a meditation on the links between melancholy and human industriousness, in both the arts and sciences. In fact our entire insatiable imagination is tied to the black gaul. In Modern Melancholy: Sorry Albrecht, I am attempting to link these same ideas and expand upon the range of human endeavors to included human reproductivity, public commerce, global culture and more. How does our fecundity rule our emotional capacity? And what are the faces of our copiousness?