This is the Nemesis
mixed media on masonitetechnique mixte sur masonite
- 114.8 x 115.6 cm
Art Gallery of Hamilton; Gift of Mrs. J.A. McCuaig, 1966 (66.75.Q)Musée des beaux-arts de Hamilton, don de Mme J.A. McCuaig, 1966 (66.75.Q)
Kurelek understood the Cold War and portentous nuclear annihilation in moral terms. Wielding scientific discoveries and technological advancements, “controlling nature by splitting the atom” Kurelek wrote in 1966, without understanding how such things ought to be used leads to catastrophe. For Kurelek, such hubris instigates the work of the Nemesis, or divine justice. Hamilton is pictured reeling in the aftermath of an explosion, while a dome of fire in the top right signals Toronto’s fate.
(William Kurelek, Glory to Man in the Highest: A Socio-Religious Satire, unpublished notes for an art exhibition at The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, 1966)
All photographs of William Kurlek's work are © the Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto.Toutes les photographies des oeuvres de William Kurelek proviennent de la © Succession de William Kurelek.