John Jacobs Meyer, Chariot, 2018

In a series called Great Feats and Defeats shown at Jonathon Levine Projects last year, Meyer sought to answer the question “If time were reversed and analog followed digital, if plywood clubhouses were made in order to bring video game narratives into the real world, how would that look?”

In a Mad Max kind of way, this painting riffs off a Bosch painting titled The Haywain. Up top we see WWE wrestler Asuka fighting herself, while the Dead attempt to take over the chariot. Meyer writes “For Bosch it was an allegory. I think that way too but the dysfunction of the ‘chariot,’ the futile theatricality of the fight, and the marauding Dead suggest the coexistence of multiple realities or ideologies.”

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