[Many thanks to Veerle Poupeye for sharing this news on Critical.Caribbean.Art.] Smith and Benjamin’s Bahamian Art and Culture recently released issue No. 368. Check out Bahamian Art and Culture for news on current and upcoming exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and other cultural events happening in the Bahamas.
Description (Colossal/Bahamian Art and Culture): What Will Be Remembered in the Face of All That is Forgotten is a sculptural neon work by the New York City-based Bahamian artist Tavares Strachanmade between 2014–2015. The five-foot-tall piece includes pulsating neon that mimics the racing of blood through veins, stainless steel to hold the skeleton in place, and a total of seven transformers. The flashing circulatory system is a glowing reminder of English scientist Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to the field of science, mainly the discovery of DNA’s molecular structures. The work was originally included in the solo exhibition Seeing is Forgetting the Thing that You Saw at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, which examined individuals whose names have been omitted from common accounts of history despite their great accomplishments.
Strachan, in partnership with LACMA Art + Technology Lab and SpaceX, also recently launched a sculpture honoring Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African-American to train as an astronaut with NASA. Although Lawrence never made it into space, a 24-karat gold urn with his bust titled “Enoch” will orbit the Earth for seven years in a sun-synchronous orbit.
(Story courtesy of Colossal.)
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[Image above: detail of “What Will Be Remembered in the Face of All That is Forgotten” by Tavares Strachan. (2014-5 / Neon, stainless steel, electrical transformers / 5′ tall)]