The Milton Model (Cena en los Andes)
This painting depicts a crowd of survivors from a downed airplane in a wilderness landscape. This work is part of the artist's series of disaster paintings that depict scenes from the 1972 plane crash of Uruguayan flight 571 in the Andes—and its survivors' subsequent cannibalism. Through these works, the artist conflates ideologies by proposing a history where the tragic flight, which was bound for Santiago, served as the model for Milton Friedman's economic theory "The Miracle of Chile" in the year following the crash.
Ryan Cullen's art practice layers diverse philosophical and psychological histories to examine the making of new images during periods of general systemic collapse. The artist's paintings offer brutal genealogies of the materialist mechanics of societal destruction. By creating concrete images for these ideologies and their histories, Cullen simultaneously builds and analyzes the iconological networks of hegemonic decline.
Ryan Cullen's practice synthesizes philosophical and psychological histories. Cullen does this to examine how and why new images are made during historical moments when systems seem to be collapsing. The artist’s work explores the brutal genealogies of societal destruction, depicting ecstatic Protestant Puritans, vivisections of domestic furniture and prophetic mess fetishists. Cullen's work employs the painted image as a means to make visible both ideologies and their histories—simultaneously building and analyzing networks of images that explore hegemonic decline.
This painting depicts a crowd of survivors from a downed airplane in a wilderness landscape. This work is part of the artist's series of disaster paintings that depict scenes from the 1972 plane crash of Uruguayan flight 571 in the Andes—and its survivors' subsequent cannibalism.More
- This work is available until 3:00 PM, Oct 1, 2022.