Could have been a Revolution

The title Could have been a Revolution refers both to the title of one sculpture in this installation and to Vladimir Tatlinís Monument to the Third International (planned 1920). Tatlinís monument, a utopian structure that was designed to rise to 1,300 feet (one third again as tall as the Eiffel Tower) in glass, iron and steel, was to contain three geometrically shaped glass-walled blocks - a cube, a pyramid, and a cylinder - that were to have rotated within the superstructure: the cube once per year, the pyramid once per month, and the cylinder once per day. The unrealized structure is, in itself, a monument to failed aspirations, failed revolutions, and failed utopian dreams. Tallichet is installation is also about failed revolutionary ambitions and utopian dreams: the fluorescent lights, gas and water cans, and oxygen/ozone tanks should contain light, water, gas, and air, the materials of both our daily existence and of holed-up bands of revolutionaries, terrorists, or survivalists who plot away in secret, and whose plans for utopia (no matter how distorted) like Tatlinís, usually come to naught. But they are empty vessels transformed into fetishistic museum objects that glitter like gold but no longer serve any real purpose. Could have been a Revolution returns to the refrain of Left, but with the backdrop of All Art Is Wallpaper (after Andy Warhol). The art wallpaper, in pink and blue on alternating walls and printed with endless shelves of oversized art books, replaces the spoken manifestos of Left, but it speaks just as loudly about the academic status of dissipated revolutionary thought as the spoken manifesto.