A Solid House at Aspen Art Museum explores, in a rare video installation, the ways in which external phenomena dictate our lives
Sanya Kantarovsky is best known for his paintings, which tap into the cruelty and contradiction of everyday life with cartoonish types that become screens for our own pathetic and shameful projections. This show’s only work, a rare video installation from Kantarovsky, revolves around a monkey-like protagonist who has a fixation with another type of painting: Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Marat (1793). David’s canvas famously made a martyr of Jean-Paul Marat, a radical French politician who was murdered in his bath. A Solid House (2022) opens by panning over a printed reproduction of the painting, which is awash with the creature’s fingerprints.
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