Exhibition: Open Space: Michael Mercil, 2007
Shadows from a dream of the 20th Century, 2003
Carved black diabase stone
14" x 36" x 36"; 23" x 36" x 36"; 42" x 36" x 36"
Michael Mercil's shadows from a dream of the 20th Century, is a set of three carved black stone monoliths. The individual pieces approximate the size of grave markers; stones that mark a beginning of western sculpture. Mercil is not a stone sculptor, but here he uses traditional materials and methods to entertain notions of origin and temporality- of the past, as legacy for the future, and the future already becoming the past. The substance of this work materializes the question: "What is the object of sculpture now?"