DC Moore Gallery, 2012

Remote Futures explores the allure and menace of utopian fantasy, where an imagined, idealized paradise holds within it a disconcerting future. Waterston’s previous work has often engaged with mythological, theological, and natural histories while proposing visual depictions of the ineffable that transcend the picture plane. In Remote Futures, there is evidence of human life in the fragments of architecture—temples, cathedrals, ziggurats, bridges—that emerge from the organic detritus. These scenes evoke places of refuge, offering an escape from the processes of time and mortality. For Waterston, however, utopian potential is untenable as such. With abstracted elements that are both corporeal and celestial, these scenes become simultaneously Edenic and dystopian.

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