MEDIA: Ink, watercolor pencil, mixed media on paper
PERIOD: End-Stage/Apocalyptic Atlantean
COLLECTION: “The Ocean Calls Us Home”: “Art” at the end of the Atlantean Civilization
CAPTION: YIKES: the musical
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION: The Apocalyptic Atlantean Period saw intense bureaucratic control over its once-flourishing art scene. Artists submitted detailed “pitch books” before funds were released for artistic productions. This exquisite example of a rejected pitch gives us great insight into the day-to-day pre-production of artwork during the period, but also attests to the deteriorating mental state of the unknown artist — and by proxy, the civilization itself. The corrections and comments — made by an unknown bureaucrat — also attest to the strict control the government placed over artists’ expression of anguish, grief, confusion, etc., summed up in the Atlantean phrase/phase “yikes.” “YIKES: the musical” was never produced, and the fate of its author and judge is unknown. Radiocarbon dating tells us this was one of the last pitches made before the civilization fell.
Library Call Number: 349.19-7
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