Saturday, February 27, 2016

Day #16 - Art for Lent: Michael Takeo Magruder's "Visions of Our Communal Dreams" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
Visions of Our Communal Dreams v1.0 : Michael Takeo Magruder with Drew Baker, Erik Fleming and David Steele : 2012
In Magruder's work, users in the real world of the gallery help shape a shared, virtual Eden. 'I sought to adopt God's position as creator and instigator by constructing a beautiful realm of open possibilities that others could inhabit as they desired,' says Magruder. He imagines 'the world's first rays of virtual sunlight illuminat[ing] a newly rendered synthetic landscape made from data and code - the fundamental building blocks of creation in the Information Age'. [page 39]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."