james parlin  
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sculpture sculpture sculpture

Storyboards/Not So Good: What’s That Behind Me

Bronze, chemical patina.
8.5 x 5 x 3 in.

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Storyboards    
            Storyboards shows people for whom something is going wrong, and who are handling it with varying degrees of personal dignity, generally from very little to none whatsoever.  The body of work is pervaded with a dark, but sardonic feel of failure and loss – a small attempt to reconcile the painful with the ridiculous.
            There are four narrative groupings.  Not So Good is an ode to fear and distrust, vulnerability and flight, and real or imagined consequences.  The Great Recession is a tale of lost ground, clumsy perseverance, and tenuous recovery.  Losing Battles is a domestic drama of exaggerated incredulity, adamant self-righteousness, and utter capitulation.  The final grouping, The Week’s End, is a banal and predictable display of self-indulgent release.
            At one point or another, we all have to struggle with things beyond our control –professional disappointments, domestic discord, failing bodies – but the real struggle is the internal one, as we try to cling to our self-respect while other things slip away.