Friday, November 09, 2012
Healthcare in America is Broke!
(Above: Healthcare in America broken in the Mouse House parking lot. Click on any image in this blog post to enlarge.)
My main/fiber studio is at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios about a mile from Mouse House ... where I live, work, and also have a "second" studio for 3D assemblages. Twice a year the resident artists at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios exhibit together ... once in the spring for an event called "Artista Vista" and once in the fall (the Thursday before Thanksgiving) called "Vista Lights". I made a piece called Healthcare in America in my "home studio". I blogged about it HERE. On Wednesday morning I loaded up the six "Wet Sand" series pieces and Healthcare in America into our car and was about to transport the work to Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Then disaster! Steve opened the back hatch ... which sent the piece to the pavement.
(Above: Creating a Plexiglas cube.)
Most people think I would have screamed and cried and that Steve would have been mortified, apologetic, and compassionate. We aren't normal people though! By the time I got to the parking lot, Steve was laughing. Sure I was a little shocked and I wasn't laughing, but I also wasn't angry or tearful. Instead and almost immediately, Steve ran for the camera, started shooting and taking video. We started brainstorming about a transformation. Healthcare in America is Broke became the appropriate, conceptual result.
The parking lot was swept into boxes. Four 18" x 18" and two 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" pieces of quarter inch Plexiglas were ordered. I went to work building a cube, ordering photos to be displayed alongside the recreation, and creating a video. (The video can be seen on U Tube or on My Video Blog.)
(Above: Finishing Healthcare in America is Broke.)
The piece is now at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Laura Spong, one of the other resident artists, is busy arranging the work for the upcoming Vista Lights show. I'll have photos of the piece at the exhibition soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the video. The credits include: Art by Susan Lenz and Damage, photos and video by Steve Dingman. In typical gallery label fashion (title, artist, medium, price), the tag reads: Healthcare in America is Broke, Susan Lenz, Mixed Media, Overpriced !!!
As this is Friday, I'm linking to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" blog that documents "works in progress". This piece was included several weeks ago ... but this is definitely another phase for this piece!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 10:11 AM