Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo,
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,