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Everything that stands will be at odds with its neighbor and everything that falls will perish without grace

2003
21st century
239.4 cm x 396.3 cm x 6.35 cm (94 1/4 in. x 156 in. x 2 1/2 in.)

Robyn O'Neil (Omaha, Nebraska, 1977 - ) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Graphite on paper
Credit Line: Partial and pledged gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2004
Temp ID: T2004.2.1/3-3/3

Over three months, using only pencil and paper, O’Neil crafted an alternate universe whose expansive size, meticulous detail, and disturbing subject matter have a powerful impact on the viewer. Here a mountainous landscape sets the stage for an absurdist narrative: slightly overweight men in identical sweatsuits run, crawl, and fall seemingly without purpose or direction. The composition’s deliberate allusion to Hieronymous Bosch’s early sixteenth-century altarpiece The Garden of Earthy Delights, as well as the title, whose cadence recalls Old Testament prophesies of impending disaster, create a strong sensation of dread.

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