Prophets of Deceit

Tacita Dean, Ship of Death, 2001
Joachim Koester, The Room of Nightmares #1, 2005
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (The awful acceleration), 1987
Rod Dickinson, Nocturn: Waco the reenactment, 2004-2006
Craig Baldwin, Tribulation 99, Alien Anomalies Under America, 1992

Tacita Dean, Ship of Death, 2001

from the series The Russian Ending; photogravure, 21.2 x 31.2 inches

courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York

Joachim Koester, The Room of Nightmares #1, 2005

from the series The Morning of the Magicians; c-print, 18.5 x 23.5 inches

courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (The awful acceleration), 1987

pen and ink on paper, 17.5 x 11.25 inches

courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Rod Dickinson, Nocturn: Waco the reenactment, 2004-2006

sound and test installation, dimensions variable

courtesy of the artist

Craig Baldwin, Tribulation 99, Alien Anomalies Under America, 1992

Video, 48 minutes

courtesy of the artist

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Prophets of Deceit examines messianic and apocalyptic cults, predictions, and prophecies as systems of restraining social behavior and how those systems ultimately influence the outcome of history. The exhibition considers the degree in which prophetic guidelines—set either by powerful individuals, extreme religions or unexpected events—play in shaping modern economic, cultural, political, and social frameworks.

The exhibition explores the theory that anticipated knowledge, fear, and irrational systems of thought about what the future may hold can indeed produce self-fulfilling prophecies. With that in mind, the participants and works of art draw inspiration from artistic and historical precedents to search for and provide insight into the world in which we currently live. Sharply questioned is the power of belief, religion, and politics within a media-saturated society.

Prophets of Deceit archive

Craig Baldwin, Tacita Dean, Rod Dickinson, HCRH, Christian Jankowski, Joachim Koester, Komar & Melamid, John Menick, Melvin Moti, Raymond Pettibon, Mungo Thomson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Erik Pauser (PHAUSS)

Curator

Magali Arriola

Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
Feb 28—Apr 18, 2007

Made possible with grants from Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council with support from CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Columbus College of Art & Design