New York

Fred Riskin

Ronald Feldman Gallery

The myths of a day are invisibly woven from the subliminal threads of that which lies beyond understanding. Fred Riskin’s recent installation of Conceptual art, Sub Rosa: A Psychic Journey, 1987, created just such a modem fable of unseen powers, vague and superhuman. It is a decidedly narrative sort of tale, an engrossing international spy story of intrigue, danger, and extrasensory perception. Captivating as a thriller should be, it works as an atmospherically dense web of photographs, text, and sound. The sense of mystery that pervades the installation arises out of the sinister shadows of the psychic unknown and the military top secret. The old gods that man invented to explain the whims of nature are nearly all dead. The new gods of today are those we use to explain the whims of government control; the supreme being among these has come to be referred to by the name that Orwell invented

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