All a man can do is look upon it

All a man can do is look upon it

2017, 50 ft. inflatable white sperm whale, 50+ft. telescopic boom, variable dimensions, Commission for the Sea Art Festival 2017

The Filipino artist Felix Albert Bacolor is inspired by monster stories from his childhood, as well as by novels such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851), and films like Jaws (1975) and King Kong>(1933). The western point of view as exemplified in these works of literature and film demonstrates the human failure to conquest nature rather than their success. However, Bacolor’s gigantic white whale on Dadaepo Beach is open to various interpretations, not only from this point of view but also from social, political, philosophical and spiritual significance. A large white whale hangs dead from an industrial crane, illustrating the antipodal structure of human ambitions and nature. The title All a man can do is look upon it was inspired by a phrase suggestive of a dead whale in the Hungarian film Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) by Béla Tarr.

Artist

Felix Albert Bacolor
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