George Bolster's new installation, Reckoner, transforms one of MASS MoCA's galleries into a chapel for the 21st century. The centerpiece of Reckoner is an elaborately drawn ceiling panel depicting the Reckoning or return of Christ at the end of the world and the division of good and evil. Figures on the ceiling include martyred saints like Joan of Arc who was burned at the stake and Matthias who was stoned to death. Suspended from the Apostles is a sculpture of a narwhal, which serves as an allegory for Christ. Christ's stigmata connect to the wounds of the apostles through red ribbons, symbolizing sacrifice and blood spilled at the apocalypse. The Radiohead song Reckoner, an atmos-pheric piece of music that seems like a pleading at the end of time accompanies the installation. As they move through the chapel, visitors will notice one additional component of Bolster's work: drops of water that descend from the ceiling as each Saint weeps for the loss of faith, not just in the form of religion, but in the face of culture.

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