May 6 - July 22, 2005
Gregory Porcaro, “Existenz”
Lilias Hahn, “the counts correct”
Concurrent exhibitions of photography by Gregory Porcaro and Lilias Hahn will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from May 6, 2005 to July 22, 2005.
A reception for the artists that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, May 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Gregory Porcaro's' “Existenz” is a collection of black and white photographs that probe ideas of mortality through a visual investigation of a cadaver lab. Porcaro seeks to question roles of science and faith, alternately questioning “truth” as it applies to how the photos are observed. The elegant aesthetics contrast the physical reality of a corpse, invoking both the spiritual and the scientific at the same time. “The photographs explore issues of vision, the physical/physiological process in which light enters the eye and visually, how vision becomes socialized.” Porcaro is a Whitewater, Wisconsin-based artist who has exhibited internationally. Porcaro has received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and his MFA from the University of Arizona.
In her exhibition titled “the counts correct,” Lilias Hahn presents photographs that focus on the “behind the scenes” of the aesthetics of surgical procedures performed across the country. By using only available light in her photographs, Hahn strives to capture the intimacy within the surgical field and the stunning rapport of surgical teams. Documenting cases ranging from breast augmentation to liver transplants, Hahn seeks to pay tribute to the innate beauty of the operating room, a place primarily associated with pain. Hahn states that “my goal has always been to celebrate the intensity, beauty and commitment involved in the art of surgery.” Hahn, based in Los Angeles, California, has exhibited nationally. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of 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.