11/15/2010 11:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Catherine Wagner's 'Reparations' at Stephen Wirtz Gallery

WHO: Catherine Wagner

WHAT: Reparations

WHERE:Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, U.S.A.

WHEN: October 18-November 27, 2010

WHY: Our eyes are drawn to prosthetics. This can be simply because they're intricate pieces of machinery, or because they're uncanny, looking almost (but not quite) like human limbs. But not often do we take our looking one step further and examine these objects as design, as shapes, colors and assemblages inspired by, but not always imitating, human biology.

Each of the objects photographed was constructed to repair a fissure or fracture. They were designed to map onto the human body; to support its recovery and repair or to act as an anatomical extension to a broken body. As such, these splints and prosthesis are corporeal traces, clues to various processes of reparation. The passage of time and changing attitudes towards medicine and technology can also be read through these objects' materiality. Their aesthetic derives from the attitude of the era of their creation. This work speaks to both changing means in coping and our remarkable resilience as humans and as a society.

(From: Stephen Wirtz Gallery)


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