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Cliff Evans

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

For this show, his recent solo museum debut, Brooklyn- and Boston-based artist Cliff Evans projected a five-channel video onto a twenty-foot-long, seven-foot-high arrangement of five segmented panels to make Empyrean, 2007 (the title evoking the pure light of heaven). Evans was in residence at the institution in 2006; afterward he crafted the work by combining more than ten thousand images drawn from governmental, corporate, military, commercial, and pop-cultural websites to illustrate a set of loose imaginative narratives. The artist, who considers the Web to be his collaborator, downloads, manipulates, and blends still images and video footage, subsequently animating the results. Recurrent representations of people (both famous and unknown), orange groves, poppies, Apache helicopters, oil rigs, guns, skulls, and soldiers glide across the panels, their movement evoking Terry Gilliam’s

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