Portfolio > The Tannhauser Gate (2010-2012)

Blade Runner, Challenger Disaster, Portal, Dimension, Parallel universe
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
33 x 40 in.
2012
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14,
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
20 x 42 in.
2012
74 Seconds (Christa Made It)
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
24 x 33 in.
2012
christa mcauliffe, Challenger Disaster, NASA, January 28, 1986
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
24 x 33 in.
2012
The Belly of the Whale
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
23 x 34 in.
2010
Interference
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
33 x 63 in.
2011
33 Strangers, Entangled in my Laptop
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
28 x 33 in.
2012
As Above, So Below
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
43 x 40 in.
2011
Jerry Tomasello, stargate, fishing, grandfather
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
30 x 23 in.
2012
N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) Experience
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
23 x 30 in.
2011
The Unobserved Connection
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
25 x 34 in.
2010
An Ending (Ascent)
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
20 x 20 in.
2012

Exhibition Dates:
May 19-June 30, 2012

Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner are ageless myths deconstructed in Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces . This is the legend of a hero’s journey, or monomyth, from the physical world’s limitations to absolute awareness of the Jungian “Self,” the totality of the conscious and unconscious mind. Referencing both the film and the opera, The Tannhauser Gate examines the image, commencing with the 1986 televised explosion of the Challenger shuttle, as the catalyst in an ontological search of the Self.

By highlighting the slowly vanishing boundary between images and our reality the series of images will highlight the fundamental consequences of image consumption. The Tannhauser Gate represents a personal path to enlightenment from the hero’s initial call to adventure from the ordinary world of reality to the supernatural/mythological world of the image and back again.