Jia-Jen Lin: We Might Have to Excise Your Lung
|When||24 Apr 2014|
461 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10027
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, April 26, 4-6pm
Jia-Jen Lin presents a series of modular works exploring how modern medicine changes our physical perception with regards to our own bodies. Inspired by neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran’s research on body mapping, We Might Have to Excise Your Lung questions how our physical bodies lose their integrity and become more fragile under the authority of these medical systems, as our medical technology moves faster than we can imagine.
‘We Can See Them Gradually Dissolving’ is a group of clear resin sculptures cast from various medical anatomy models. Red color tints inside the casts symbolize suspicious entities and growths expanding or disappearing. ‘60 Gram Is Non Dose’ is a sculpture composed of metal pipes and rods, feeding bags, and air pumping machinery. By combining the shapes of chandelier and organ pipes (symbols of luxury and spirituality) with those of disposable medical supplies, Lin recomposes them into a sarcastic mechanical contraption. In the center of the exhibition space, there are approximately 1,200 empty nutrition cans laid out on the ground, drunk by a cancer patient limited to a liquid diet during his long-term recovery process. Jia-Jen will also present a series of photographs of resin casts and a video animated from CT scan images.
Jia-Jen Lin is a visual artist living and working in New York and Taichung. Her work creates imagery that relates to the human body as it reflects in our minds. She uses sculptures, installations, videos, and performance collaborations to portray the ongoing negotiation between our original desires and the manipulated realities in our fast-changing contemporary lives.
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