Sam Van Aken
Thursday, January 29 - Friday, March 5, 2004Hampden Gallery, Southwest Residential Area
Bordering between medical mishap and obscenity Sam Van Aken's Hybrids installation provokes thoughts surrounding genetic modification, sexual objectification, and our immersion in consumer culture.
There are several themes underlying the Hybrids Installation. In this work, pieces of artificial fruit have been cast, altered, and joined to create specimens of “hybrid" produce. Within the 500 individual pieces there are numerous combinations of joined fruit including a strawberry which appears to be emerging from an apple and a kiwi which seems to be sprouting grapes from it's surface. These odd and bizarre combinations of fruit rest upon posts which simulate both DNA helix and display stands from a retail store.
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