True Body Art

British contemporary artist Marc Quinnreally puts himself into his art. Literally. For his piece "Self II," (1998) Quinn drained 10 pints of blood (not all at once, don't worry) and froze it into a replica of his own head. "Sky" (2006) is made with stainless steel, refrigeration equipment, Perspex, oh, and human placenta and umbilical cord. Yeah, it's a sculpture of his infant child's noggin. Like father, like child, I suppose. Both pieces--plus others made from the likes of insulin, and boring stuff like polymer wax and cast lead—are featured in the Goss-Michael Foundation's exhibit Marc Quinn, for which they partnered with the Rachofsky Collection. This collection isn't for the faint of heart or for those with a traditional mindset of what art is or is made of. But then, in these works (which span from 1998 to present) Quinn examines "the unpredictability of the human body and the dualisms that define human life," so the materials--when related to the message--suddenly don't seem all that outrageous. See Marc Quinn Tuesdays through Saturdays through January 23, 2010 at the Goss-Michael Foundation, 2500 Cedar Springs Road. Call 214-696-0555 or visit gossmichaelfoundation.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 8. Continues through Jan. 23, 2009


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