Despair and Anger
Jim West, Despair and Anger, 2018
Steel, bronze, light and audio
10’ x 12’ (3.05m x 3.66m)
Collection of the Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
Both literal and conceptual, this raw and intense, 90-second multi-sensory journey through light, sound, and the spoken word invites the viewer to experience two very distinct emotions. As human beings we have the innate capacity to feel more than one emotion at a time. Despair and Anger is the object, the subject, and the consequence of engaging with this visceral installation. Entering a darkened space, one is confronted and conflicted by images and narrative. One is powerless to intervene or to alter what is happening. The powerful narrative emphasizes the uncomfortable reality that, all too often, many circumstances are not within our control.