Opening Friday, December 14th, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Sunday, February 24th
The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) presents the latest installment of its “Anatomy in the Gallery” series exploring the intersection of medicine and contemporary art: NEW KINGDOMS, an exhibition of photography by Alison Carey, and EXPULSION, works on paper by Michael Reedy. These concurrent solo exhibitions will open with a free, public reception for the artists on Friday, December 14, from 5 to 8 pm, during which the entire Museum will be open for viewing.
NEW KINGDOMS includes more 25 photos from a series inspired by current scientific experiments in tissue engineering, which enables live tissues and organs to be cultivated in the laboratory environment. Alison Carey sculpts fictional new life-forms and documents them posed anthropomorphically in specially constructed dioramas of natural landscapes, suggesting a post-human future in which these man-made beings have inherited the earth.
EXPULSION features works on paper revisiting the Biblical theme of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, in which Michael Reedy combines realistic figure drawings of Adam and Eve with elements from genres that fall outside the canon of art history—medical illustration and cartooning. His discomfiting juxtaposition of clinical, naturalistic, and comic views of the body underscores the simultaneous absurdity and tragedy of physical existence and human frailty.