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Photo: Fred Dott

Angel of Some-story

Angel of Some-story is a work that is very loosely inspired by Walter Benjamin’s famous reflection on Paul Klée’s monoprint, Angelus Novus, with which Benjamin associates the Angel of History. What is piling up at the feet of this Angel of Some-story (perhaps it is the viewer) are an odd assortment of domestic objects, fragments of ruins and remains of industrial production that are stacked and arranged in the foreground. Two piles form a sort of gate that opens onto a vista. The wind of progress that blows this angel backward into the future is signalled by the clouds of smoke rising just beyond the horizon and the odd economy of piles, stumps, holes and formed balls that languish in the middle foreground.