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Statuette of a lion with its mouth clenching down on a doe's body

Barthelemy Prieur
Lion devouring a doe, cast probably before 1583
Bronze
© Hill Art Foundation; Photo by Matthew Herrmann

Large sculpture on white pedestal of a mountain lion that is hunched over with its muscles flexed as it bites down on a dog's neck

Charles Ray
Mountain lion attacking dog, 2018
Sterling silver
© Charles Ray; Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

Barthelemy Prieur
Lion devouring a doe, cast probably before 1583
Bronze
© Hill Art Foundation; Photo by Matthew Herrmann

Charles Ray
Mountain lion attacking dog, 2018
Sterling silver
© Charles Ray; Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

“Barthelemy Prieur’s Lion Devouring a Doe. It’s a small, powerful sculpture, and it exists in a long lineage. Not so much of images of lions feasting on prey, or depictions of life-and-death struggles, the food chain is meaningless not due to an existential nihilism but because meaning is emergent from it, rather that it from meaning.”

“My mountain Lion attacking a dog is a cinematic piece of sculpture. I chose silver as a material because of its cinematic reflectivity. Its scale slowly developed over the temporal period of its making.”

“While Prieur’s attack fits in the mind with interference, my sculpture is large enough to roam freely, to fight freely, to exist freely and find a more open place within different regions of the viewer’s mind, his past or present, or his anxiety about the future—or absolutely none of the above.”

– Charles Ray

 

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