This exhibition based on an idea found in “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare and secondarily the film by Peter Greenaway “Prospero’s Books.”
Magician Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded for twelve years on an island after Prospero's jealous brother Antonio (aided by Alonso, the King of Naples) deposed him and set him adrift with the then-3-year-old Miranda. Gonzalo, the King's counselor, had secretly supplied their boat with plenty of food, water, clothes and the most-prized books from Prospero's library.
We are imagining with this exhibition what Prospero’s Library would be like
These books enabled Prospero to find his way across oceans, to combat malignant spirits, to colonize an island, to educate and entertain Miranda and to summon Tempests.
“Knowing I loved my Books, he furnished me
From mine own Library with volumes that
I prized above my Dukedom.”
The artist Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee , husband and wife, have collaborated on this exhibition, and for the first time have actually collaborated on individual pieces. They have created in their own styles and personal vernaculars, speculations of what “Prospero Library” might have looked like.
And so in Prospero/Shakespeare’s voice,
“Now I want
Spirits to enforce, and Art to enchant