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Public Dreams, Private Myths


Public Dreams, Private Myths will present an array of dynamic paintings and sculpture, challenging the viewer to ask: who are the gods and archetypes of our time? For this show, each member will create a small sculptural component in addition to their 2-dimensional pieces.  Through the lenses of classical and aboriginal mythologies from the world over, each Phantom explored, distorted and personalized wide ranging, yet related narratives.

Jay Senetchko’s contribution are his Proposals for Public Monuments: actual proposals for public sculpture projects.  The proposals provide as clear as possible an image of what the project would look like….including elevation sketches, artist’s rendering, and moquettes. Each proposal is site specific, and is motivated by a myth that still has meaningful content to convey to a contemporary audience.

Proposal for Public Monument: Sea to Sky Momento Mori

The skull has long been one of the most potent memento mori symbols for reflection on death, the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, as a means of perfecting the character, and cultivating detachment. In Sea to Sky Momento Mori motorists would drive between the underside of the upper palate of the bisected skull carved into the mountain on either side of Highway 99…literally into the mouth of death. Given the dangerous nature of driving in general, and especially concerning the treacherous Sea to Sky Highway (even with the upgrades), it seems appropriate that those traveling the route pass through a reminder of the very corporeal nature of their existence before they begin their journey. 

Proposal for Public Monument: The Colossus

The monumental feet reflect the original Colossus of Rhodes (constructed in 280 BC to commemorate a military victory and signify its importance to the rest of the ancient world) on either side of the entrance to False Creek to imply the previous existence of not only a much larger and more complete human sculpture, but also a preceding culture that acts as a foundation for this one.  In so doing, the monument serves as a testament to the global prominence of the city and the importance of one of its foundational cultures.

Proposal for Public Monument: The Hand of the Artist

People insist on perpetuating the ‘romantic myth of the artist’ as being somehow ‘divinely inspired’, or receiving their inspiration from some ineffable source. This proposal puts forward the literal imprint of the artist on a god-like scale as permanent mark upon the landscape: the negative impression of the artist’s thumbprint serves as a lake, and the positive impression creates a rocky butte in a redesign of John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park.  The artist’s divine-scale presence sits as a permanent reminder of this myth’s hold upon the public imagination.