? Icarus myth gets 21st century treatment

By Nikki Inderlied

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Norman artist Garland Grantham will display "Myth.Monster.Maniac." ? his portrayal of the Greek myth of Icarus ? July 11-22 in the Davis Hall of the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha.

Icarus was the son of Daedalus, an inventor. Both had been imprisoned in a labyrinth. To escape, Daedalus created two pairs of wings by attaching feathers to a wood frame with wax. He gave one pair to Icarus and warned him not to fly too close to the sun, knowing it would melt the wax. Icarus ignored his father's warning and tested his limits.

Inspired by artists Dave McKean and Matthew Barney, Grantham decided he wanted to reach the impossible with his project. Grantham took the Icarus myth and divided into three separate parts: "Myth.Monster.Maniac."

"To me, Icarus is the rock star that reached too high, too hard and too fast towards something that was unobtainable," Grantham said. "He was told, 'Don't fly too high to the sun because you can't handle it.'

"I have been told that I can't do this project and that it is too much to handle as an artist, but I disagree. Both Icarus and I don't want to be told that we can't do something. We want to do everything in our power to give it a shot," Grantham said.

The project also filters some of the artist's interpretations of reality.

"A lot of the images show my personal disgust with some things I see in today's system. The forces that are in control of modern, Western society are the focus of my Icarus story," Grantham said. "But I'm not trying to make any finite statements. I am trying to lay everything out on the table for possible discussion and hopefully understandings can be reached."

Grantham uses several different models to play the characters in his story, including himself. He poses as Icarus to make the connection between his struggles and the characters.

"Icarus represents all my ambitions. He is my wings to get out of the current state I am in," Grantham said.

Grantham plans to have more shows in the future which, according to him, will branch out into multiple media including sculpture, computer graphics, painting and more.

"I have had a lot of fun working on this project and a lot of heartache at the same time," the artist said. "It has truly challenged me."

For more information, call 514-1342, 574-1302 or visit www.gfad.blogspot.com.

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