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SANTA FEAN MAGAZINE - JANUARY 2002

GALLERY PREVIEWS

 

Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, New Mexico

In 1875, Thomas Eakins shocked critics with The Gross Clinic, his now famous portrait of surgeon-professor Samuel D. Gross at work. The scene of a theater-style classroom - the pallid patient on the operating table and the bloody hand of the stern-faced Gross - was too disturbing for some to accept. But Eakins's knowledge of anatomy and dramatic chiaroscuro gave dignity to the burgeoning field of surgery.

Since then, much has changed in the field of healing, and the concept of mind, body and spirit permeates our televisions and bookshelves. In January, Geoff Laurence whose paintings also emphasize anatomy unveils The Shape of Life, a show including his diptych, The Faith Healer, a statement about healing in the 21st century. One composition depicts three X-rays. One reveals a human skull, another a Puritan figure, and the third, a ghostly bearded man (Christ, perhaps?) - seemingly asking the question, 'What if you looked inside another person and found something besides bones?"

Linda Durham Contemporary Art.
TheShape 0f Life. Through Jan 19. Tue-Sat 10-5. 12 la Vega. Galsjteo, 505-466-6600.
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