New York

Will Insley

Max Protetch Gallery

For the past 18 years Will Insley has been exhibiting drawings and designs for a massive imaginary dystopia he calls ONECITY. Insley envisions a home for some 400 million citizens plunked down in mid-America, but while he designates its location it remains temporally unspecific; ONECITY is not so much a vision of a predicted or hoped-for future as an atemporal fiction. Insley has an elaborate, almost obsessive tale to tell about the cultural structure of ONECITY, its Byzantine forms of government, entertainment, and work rivaling those of Dante’s Hell. Although the work has changed formally since he originally proposed the ONECITY myth, each new exhibition is less an occasion to introduce new themes than a continuation of an ongoing project. Oblivious to seasons, trends, and even the idea of a career, the artist pursues a single consuming project. Finally, however, the guiding fiction is

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