fish + braids = fishwithbraids

fish + braids = fishwithbraids
the experience of art thrives at the top of the bell curve in a place of speculation (and not consensus), hypotheses (and not conclusions) and belief (not knowledge).
To stay at the top of the bell curve, as Buergel and Noack might say,
the best art must make us not understand,
which corresponds to a state of sustained curiosity that provokes us to change something about ourselves in an effort to understand.
anthony huberman

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Animal Pharm

Animal Pharm is a recently developed multi-media collection by
Brooklyn based artist and medical professional Lee Johnson.
Lee is actively exploring the intentions for and interactions
among our medical establishment, particularly pharmacotherapeutics,
and the world at large.
This exhibit is intended not as a static body of work but as
an event in progress revealing the dynamic interaction between
medicine and the living world around it. Preserved animal
carcasses and living plants will be subjected to many of the same
medical and pharmacologic interventions as humans.

will be initiated at the opening on June 4th and continue through
the course of the exhibition. As the therapies act on the
components of the exhibit growth and decay will become evident in
the pieces themselves. The work examines the often-overlooked toxic
impact of Western medicine on the environment and the consequences
that it will have on humans.
Also featured is an interrelated body of inorganic works in
mediums such as ceramic, resin, prints, and digital media.
Raw ceramic sculptural work will decay throughout the course of
the exhibition due to the different therapies, while other pieces
serve as fixed expressions of the effects of such treatments.

As the exhibition progresses attendees are encouraged to revisit and
observe the full impact of this process and the implications of
our medical practices.
Are all the medicated equal, or are some more equal than others?

this dusty miller plant has been potted with potting soil and a good dose of aspirin.
This image reflects the plant after 2 days absorbing aspirin
diphenhydramine or
this plant looks as bad as the one on aspirin
resin, glass , ceramic, electronics, wood, nails, syringes, found objectsMolly
preserved ratsemi-rotting mouse with pills

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