{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 4999, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/4999", "Disp_Access_No" : "2022.005", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "2021", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "2021", "_Disp_End_Date" : "2021", "Disp_Title" : "Allegory of the Raging Sun", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "<i>Allegory of the Raging Sun</i>", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Kat Lyons", "Sort_Artist" : "Lyons, Kat", "Disp_Dimen" : "47 1/4 x 78 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (120.02 x 200.03 x 3.18 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "47 1/4 in.", "Disp_Width" : "78 3/4 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Canvas", "Medium" : "Oil on canvas", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Oil on canvas", "Info_Page_Comm" : "", "Dedication" : "Gift of Fondation Cro├┐-Roeulx, 2022.005", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Painting", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "Contemporary", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "Per Amanda Donnan, April 2022: Allegory of the Raging Sun is one of a body of thirteen works Lyons created while living on a small diversified livestock farm in rural Sharon, Connecticut. These paintings explore the ritualism of production that occurs on and around the farm, in which both humans and non-humans participate. The ethos of the farm seeks to understand land at a basic ecological level, supporting its natural functions to reduce damage and, in turn, mitigate harm to wildlife and the animals raised for consumption on the farm. Despite these efforts, compromises are ultimately made to maintain commercial viability, and labor becomes a required exchange based on what is valued in an eco-capitalist system. Categories of pet, pest, feral, domestic, wild, predator and prey are made more potent when individual labor value determines survival. Lyons became interested in the intersectionality of these categories with death and the experience of grief, as well as the concealment of these processes in industrialized farming. Allegory of the Raging Sun reflects on Lyons''s impression of a large winter roost of crows-a massing popularly known as a "murder"- in a small town near the farm. For unknown reasons, these gatherings are increasingly occurring in urban areas, where they are perceived as a nuisance by locals and sometimes dispersed (if temporarily) with shotgun blasts, fireworks, and recordings of distressed crows or predator birds. L yons''s depiction looks to the birds'' mythological associations and the ancient practice of augury (or bird divination) to celebrate the crow''s prophetic potential. The practice of augury is long past by most cultural standards, though interpretations of bird behavior continue to serve as compasses or signifiers in our human-world, emphasizing an ever-present connection to the nonhuman realm. Crows have a vibrant symbolic history and are honored for their special intelligence but are today popularly associated with gloominess and death. Harkening back to older narratives, here they deliver a gift of salvation, celebrating in flocks after their council with the Sun. They are transformative messengers, oracles of world-building possibilities, and arbitrators between life and the hereafter. ", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2022.005_Low-Res.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2022.005_Low-Res.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2022.005_Low-Res.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2022.005_Low-Res.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "17783", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }