Michael John Whelan
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The Good Soil
Frontier
Divergence of Character
Means of Knowing
Now the shadows I measure
From the Mountain
An echo and a shadow
Mercer
Baribal
The sun shone on the
nothing new

Reprieve
A Perfect Circle
Caisson
Assembly
Kindred
Clearing
Since
The Memoirs of a Madman
The Collector of Skies
And penance is the play
Cathedral
Baribal
2013
single channel HD video, colour, silent
9:30 min
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This durational work takes as its subjects a captive bred solitary Black Bear in Berlin and the trees of its enclosure, disconnected from the ground. The anthropomorphic values we place on animals, in this case lamentation and loneliness, are positioned within a minimal and vacuous landscape, allowing our experience of looking to reflect the experience of the animal.