Wednesday, June 27, 2007
...and leave a pretty corpse
The arts group I'm part of here in Hamtramck, Hatch, has a show up now of exquisite corpses, collaborative figures randomly cobbled together from pieces designed by 21 different local artists. Here are my four pieces, reassembled into their original state. I started out with the idea of illustrating the 7 deadly sins, scraped the notion early on, but kept a vague "angels vs. devils" theme (without taking sides in the fight myself...). Photos of the panels by Krysti Spence.
The "chest" panel depicts a hot rod version of one of my favorite objects, the first-ever artificial heart pump, designed by General Motors and first successfully used here in Detroit. There's one in a case at Harper Hospital here, another one's in the Smithsonian. It looks like a chrome-plated lawn mower engine, with glass piston cylinder things on the sides and big analog knobs and gauges. You can almost make it out here.