Laocoön - Adam Parker Smith
Adam Parker Smith once said, “I feel like so many of my ideas start out as jokes, for better or worse.” He confesses that the subjects of his irreverently funny works are often culled from his fears, longings, obsessions, crushes, and causes of jealousy, though he’s also been known to buy ideas from his friends. Laocoön references the classical sculpture of the same name and is titled as such in relation through form. The original sculpture has been on display at the Vatican since it was excavated in 1506. The Greek and Roman myth of the Laocoön depicts a Trojan priest who was attacked with his two sons by giant serpents sent by the gods. The myth was a subject of a tragedy, now lost, by Sophocles.