The Art of P. Seth Thompson
appropriation artist
  The Tannhauser Gate , 2012   Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond 33 x 40 in. Edition of 5 Signed by the artist on label, verso

The Tannhauser Gate

Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner are ageless myths deconstructed from 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.