Orpheus v. Sirens

Corcoran: Jeremy Blake show will go forward (Modern Art Notes)

Jeremy Blake’s fall show at the Corcoran will still happen, but otherwise there have been little to no developments since Saturday. I interpret the silence to mean that he didn’t show up at the Siren Festival on Sunday.

There is a literary precedent for an Orpheus-Sirens matchup. Orpheus was on the A-Team assembled to steal the Golden Fleece with Jason in Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica. When the crew of the Argo is faced with the threat of the Sirens’ music, Orpheus counters them with a song of his own. He drowns them out and they sail on, and Apollonius checks another off his list of variations on Homer. The responsible scholarly conclusion is that Orpheus must have liked to play it loud.

Update: The waters may have finally given him up— Body Found May Be Blakes (MAN again)

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One Comment

  1. Posted April 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    what an extreme tragedy and yet, beautiful and poignant.
    I did not think of Jeremy Blake when I started my latest “Orpheus” series
    but as I will be participating in “Sonic Self” project at Chelsea Museum this
    summer I was led to Orpheus. I also paint with some of the same syle as the
    orpics and yet it was intuitive and not imitative. Oh well, now I know that I
    was inspired by same source. But the struggle continues.

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