November 5 - January 21 , 2005
Ian Crawley, “God's Prototype”
Jason Lazarus, “Self Portrait Series #3: Congenital”
Concurrent exhibitions of sculpture by Ian Crawley and photography by Jason Lazarus will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from November 5, 2004 thru January 21, 2005.
A reception for the artists that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, November 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In his exhibition titled “God's Prototype,” Ian Crawley presents nature-based sculpture that examines the building of anatomy as a prototype, as perhaps something “God would have probably created while sitting around in the garden of Eden on a wet Sunday afternoon.” Crawley uses materials such as stones, branches, dirt and moss to investigate interactions between man and nature, between the natural and the man-made. Crawley is “interested in the metaphorical associations man has placed on various materials in an effort to understand who he is and make sense of the world around him.” These raw materials provide connections between the physical and spiritual and reflect an exploration into life. Crawley, based in Normal, Illinois, has exhibited both in the Chicago area and in the Midwest. He received a BFA from the London College of Printing in graphic design and an MFA from Birmingham University at Aston, in England.
Jason Lazarus' “Self-Portrait Series #3: Congenital: Grafts” is comprised of six digital archival prints. Using a desktop scanner, Lazarus examines his own body, born with a congenital birth defect, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita , echoing the x-ray diagnostic process experienced since birth. Close proximity to visual details allows distortion of physical features, altering of perception and questioning of the gaze. “This control over the act of looking, and how things appear to the viewer, is constructed based on what I gain from the act of looking at myself in my artistic process.” This unrelenting investigative attitude builds credibility and interest for both the artist and the viewer. Lazarus is a Chicago-based artist exhibiting in the Midwest. Lazarus has received a BS in marketing from DePaul University, and a MFA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago.
These exhibitions are the latest in the Museum's “Anatomy in the Gallery” series, which highlights artists who work in medically related themes.
“The Anatomy in the Gallery program makes it possible for the museum to present contemporary art related to the museum mission, within the context of the Museum's exceptional collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture,” said curator Leonard Kliwinski. “We hope the artists' very personal work will inspire and ultimately educate visitors about survival and the creative process.” This program is partially supported by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
This project is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.