"Verzelini’s Acts of Faith (Glass from Paintings of the Life of Christ)" (1996)

"Verzelini’s Acts of Faith (Glass from Paintings of the Life of Christ)," 1996
Blown glass, text, wood and glass display case, case dimensions: 78 1/2 x 72 1/2 X 14 3/4 inches. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Photo by Clare Garoutte
Courtesy Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

"I don’t really believe in history. And I think that at some level that’s one subject of some of my work- the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history. So either you can believe there is this thing called history which is a linear narrative or in some general sense a linear narrative with a definable kind of thrust to it, or you could say that there’s just a lot of different stories. And if you believe that, which I would argue I believe, then you can’t really break with them. You could only reassemble them, possibly in some other way. Or you could add your own. I am interested in the past because for me it seems like a very rich thing to try to understand, especially because art is essentially a physical remnant of a moment." - Josiah McElhrny...

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"I don’t really believe in history. And I think that at some level that’s one subject of some of my work- the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history. So either you can believe there is this thing called history which is a linear narrative or in some general sense a linear narrative with a definable kind of thrust to it, or you could say that there’s just a lot of different stories. And if you believe that, which I would argue I believe, then you can’t really break with them. You could only reassemble them, possibly in some other way. Or you could add your own. I am interested in the past because for me it seems like a very rich thing to try to understand, especially because art is essentially a physical remnant of a moment."

- Josiah McElhrny

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