Saturday, October 25, 2008


another great thing i saw today was jeff whetstone at julie saul gallery
his show closes today, so i'm glad i saw it
these are from the post-pleistocene series:

"During the Civil War, caves in Tennessee and Alabama were mined for their saltpetre soil, which was used to produce gunpowder. These caves have since become sites of lore, obsession, and extensive exploration, resulting in an expansive record of human markings, signatures, drawings, and messages. The caves have been so heavily visited that the markings are often several layers deep.

Whetstone sees these cave walls in relation to Pleistocene era drawings, like those in the caves of Lascaux, France. Here he finds the evolution of human expression represented - from frank representations of nature, to layered, expressive gestures reflecting a culture fascinated with personal identity."

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