Michael Kuch: Apocalypse Clocks
Hourglass, sundial, gothic clock, pendulum, weights & wound spring combine with skeletal elements to produce detailed & arresting images of devices that portend the end of the world. Etchings of clocks encompass iconongraphic depictions of destruction throughout the ages, from the fanciful seven-eyed, seven-horned lamb from Revelations to the stark oven of the Holocaust. A jaunty skull host sports a horizontal-hourglass bow tie; a skeletal Fortuna pedals the hands of a clock wheel. A pair of poems bookend the thirteen etchings which the artist has printed in divers, vibrant hues to create a carnival atmosphere reminiscent of El Dia de los Muertos.