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John McQueen, The Four Food Groups, 2006; sticks, string, bundle ties and hot glue, 70 x 28 x 25 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased with funds from Nancy Belfer and the Art Endowment Fund, 2006

John McQueen, The Four Food Groups, 2006; sticks, string, bundle ties and hot glue, 70 x 28 x 25 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased with funds from Nancy Belfer and the Art Endowment Fund, 2006

Four Food Groups by John McQueen was chosen for its relationship to several dreams I’ve had recently. It depicts a post dystopian future where plants have consumed the wastelands of the Industrial Age. In this future, all structures are built of sticks, held together by various types of twine and this particular work has appeared in my dreams several times. The only difference is rather than birds, the object has squirrels perched on it and they are chanting “The Future Is An Illusion.” (Don Metz, Associate Director, 2019)