Monday, December 5, 2011

Invisible Man

Invisible Man by deanv41
Invisible Man, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.

I was lucky to see a temporary installation at Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill called Invisible Man by Daniel Joshua Goldstein. This spinning ghost image is made of 864 syringes tipped with blood-red crystal beads pointing inward on an empty space in the shape of a man. As it turns, the negative space becomes more apparent and a transformation happens, as if the eye conjures a body out of sharp medical objects, thin air and rays of warm light.

Invisible Man (detail)

It's an eloquent World AIDS Day art piece. Invisible Man embodies the dual promise & peril of medicine and intravenous drug use; what can save and prolong lives can also destroy body and soul. Goldstein's work commemorates 30 years of an epidemic and reminds us again of the vast artistic toll and response to this terrible plague.

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