AN EMPIRE OF ONE

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The Narcissist

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This is a sculpture I did around 1979. It’s made from wood, wire, mirror, styrofoam, tape, etc. It was originally called “Man Helping Man,” but “The Narcissist” is probably a better title.

Ingredients:

Part Marcel Duchamp, especially “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors.”

Part myth of Narcissus.

Part perpetual motion machine.

Part Zeno paradox, like Sisyphus.

Part Michelangelo parody.

Here’s a guide to the parts:

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Bonus: Here’s the sketch that was the basis for the image-on-wood in the background of the first photo in this post. The wood engraving was never finished and was lost long ago.

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Written by David Kilmer

January 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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