Opinion – One of the best things about art is that it can never really get too weird. Take for instance Salvador Dali’s painting of “The Great Masturbator.” The art world loves its weird—which is why its fixation on death and life’s transience has been ever-prominent.
But to challenge the masterpieces of old, Mathieu Lehannuer’s “Tomorrow Is Another Day” makes some of the darkest historical gems seem so passe. There’s something nightmarish about the work: essentially a weather-station terminal that projects video images of tomorrow’s forecast. The main feature is as cool as it is creepy, allowing the viewer to leap forward in time.
Lehanneur’s piece, a chilling composite of both art and technology, gathers real-time weather data and generated impressionistic works of art detailing the future sky through a honeycomb lens. The piece was originally designed for the palliative-care unit at the Diaconesses/Croix-Saint-Simon Hospital Group in Paris. The patients could meditate on the piece, contemplating what Lehanneur calls, “the principles of uncertainty, ineluctability and spirituality.”
So if you’re ever feel the need to contemplate your inescapable death, “Tomorrow Is Another Day” is available through the Carpenters Workshop Gallery,