Dead Paintings

Installation, performance and painting series by Adam Turl

the story:

In 2047 a group of archeologists and art historians unearthed a series of paintings buried in the earth. Somehow they remained intact. These paintings, when "read" by critical theorists, summoned a great evil. The evil stalked and murdered the archeologists, art historians and visual studies professors until most of them were dead.

Dead Paintings are a series of site-specific installations and "performances" in which paintings are buried in the earth for a period of eight months, exhumed and then displayed in their decayed state.

Dead Paintings no. 10 (2014). Acrylic and mixed-media paintings placed in an earth trench.

ten site-specitific iterations were placed across Southern Illinois from 2012 - 2014