Fantasy of Ability

Hippocrates Promise, the title of the first in this series, derives from my response to the well-known oath to do no harm, and a preoccupation with the dynamics of capacity and its opposite. Working with limb-like forms and hardware the studio becomes a stage for the re-enactment of the healing process. Forging steel, casting metal, or fabricating pulley systems used in orthopedic traction, become metaphorical labors of repair. The artificial space of a gallery simulates the sterile space of a hospital environment. Here the colliding bodies we hide away, the bodies we will become someday, the bodies that decay, that heal and die, are revealed.

This work has undergone multiple transformations and was most recently exhibited: Perception and Ability, March 10-May 26, 2013, curated by Gabriel Buzgo at the  Evergreen Museum.

MSAC versionThe Language of Objects, MAryland State Arts Council 2010, curated by Beverly Ress

 

Hipp. PromiseAbove: Hippocrates Promise on exhibit at the Evergreen Museum, 2013

 

two imagesDetail images, Hippocrates Promise: Materials: cast aluminum, cast iron, bronze, steel, wood, copper rivets

 

Sketchbook Hipp PromiseSketchbooks: Wie Sie es Sehen, on display stand in vitrine, Perception and Ability, Evergreen Museum, 2013

 

Book displayShown with a facsimile of the cover, installed by the curator Gabriele Buzgo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: ©breongilleran

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