Fragments of an Imagined Place

Fragments of an Imagined Place references the vast and varying histories related to Atlantis: its roots in Plato’s writing, its resurrection in 19th century conjectural texts, its relation to theosophy, and its influence on new age and conceptual art. As a point of departure, I revisit Robert Smithson’s failed “Glass Island (Atlantis)” project, which would have been his first permanent Earth Work. Smithson intended to fill a small islet off the coast of Vancouver Island with 100 tons of glass shards to turn it into "a thing of beauty, reflecting light off the water." While the glass was in transit from California, press coverage of the proposed work alerted environmentalists who pressured the BC government to withdraw its permission in loaning Smithson the islet or any other property for his project. "Fragments of an Imagined Place” re-examines the conceptual framework of Smithson's unrealized project, Atlantis's relationship to notions of utopias, disasters, futures and pasts, and how this myth serves as a metaphor for the artistic practice. 

Fragments of an Imagined Place, HD Video, 4:16, 2016, (2 minute clip - full video available on request)

There was an island situated beyond the straits..., 44x58in, C-Print, 2014-16

Installation View, ESP | Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, 2016

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, 11x14in, C-Print, 2016

The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria, 11x14in, C-Print, 2016

Atlantis: Fact or Fiction, 11x14in, C-Print, 2016

Plato, 20x25.5in, C-Print, 2016

Installation View, ESP | Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, 2016

Lemuria (after Smithson), 40x50in, C-Print, 2016

Studio Light, 30x40in, C-Print, 2014-16

Record Keeper I, 20x24in, C-Print, 2014

  Record Keeper II,   20x24in, C-Print, 2014

Record Keeper II, 20x24in, C-Print, 2014

Record Keeper III, 20x24in, C-Print, 2014

Installation View, ESP Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, 2016

Atlantis, 20x26.5in, C-Print, 2016