12”h x 10”w x 3”d
The elements of the modern Passover Seder are on view. The background is matzo, Elijah is present, the bitter herbs and the shank bone and - oh yes—the can of (kosher for Passover) Coca Cola.
12”h x 10”w x 4”d
A multitude of children issue from this god, but are we happy with the results?
A heap of babies, to the right, are born diseased or genetically marked to suffer catastrophic illness in the future.
The heap of babies, on the left, is healthy, but unwanted.
The babies trapped in the net (top right) are awaiting sale/adoption.
The babies on the string are the lucky ones, healthy and going to parents who will love and nurture them.
18”h x 15”w x 6”d
The scene depicted in the box, is that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent tempts Eve with the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
God does NOT direct the serpent! He is a “free agent”. Of all the primates in the Garden, he is attracted to the blond Barbie figure. Since the serpent is a phallic figure/symbol, the attraction is not unexpected.
We would be living on the “Planet of the Apes” if the serpent was attracted to one of the other primates!
The translation of the Hebrew word (top, right) is sin/wickedness.
Separate - But NOT Equal
16"h x 20"w x 5"d
|On the right side of the box, we have the Fertility God bringing children into the world through the old fashioned way many are wanted and are healthy, but a number have genetic defects are sickly, ill formed and generally unwanted. |
Many children of the third world are trying to penetrate a curtain (abacus) of money and find a better life. Of course, children of the future world (left side) will be healthy, beautiful and wanted—if the parents have enough money. Coins are fed into the vending machine choices are made and the computer puts together a “Barbie” or a “Ken.” The headless child (top left) has been cloned for body parts.
|27||Will the Real Adam Please Stand Up! |
24”h x 18”w x 6”d
Sub titled: From Banana To Apple
This box portrays the fundamental differences between science and religion, regarding the origins of man.
Perception is in the Skin of the Beholder
14"h x 37"w x 3"d
|Perception is reality! |
This piece reflects on the familiar statement “that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. I play with the statement and come up with a variation—“the way we perceive the world, depends on skin color”.
In a multi-racial society, your future may depend on your skin color. So, how you are treated and what you can accomplish frequently is enhanced or hindered by the color of your epidermis. In this box there are three individuals, looking at the same image, yet they see it differently! But, note that animals, such as the tiger shown here, observe the world far more simply, if it moves it is edible or of no consequence.
Perception is in the Culture of the Beholder
14"h x 37"w x 3"d
This is another piece that reflects upon what affects the way we perceive the world. In a companion piece, it was noted, that while “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, perception of the world around us depends upon skin color. In this piece another factor comes into play—the culture in which the observer was raised.
Thus the Chinese child sees a “red” world, the religious fundamentalist sees a monochromatic blue world and the cosmopolitan sees a colorful world.
La Victroix de Femmes (C.C.)
24"h x 14"w x 6"h
When doors a re closed, we are looking at an entrance to temple, faint silhouettes on doors-are male and female Coca Cola bottles-to remind us “that the gods must be crazy.”
When the doors are opened, we see the interior of the temple, containing the Gods; Aphrodite, Minerva and Artemis. The Gods of love, war and Mother Earth. Artemis originally had human sacrifices dedicated to her. With time a drop of blood from the neck of the male was sufficient-this is depicted n the rudimentary abacus in the background. Finally, animal sacrifices were used in the ceremonies. Over several millennia, the fortunes of the female gender went from god to slavery to the glass ceiling and finally to supremacy. The males were overwhelmed, falling from dominant to consort to useless. The females had learned how to clone her self!
Ten Commandments for the Third Millennia
25"h x 33"w x 4"d
I I am Thy God, do with me as you will.
II Thou shall not photograph me, unless I am properly made up.
III Use my name to cure your enemies.
IV The Sabbath is for football, cinema and eating out.
V Honor thy father and mother, even if they are divorced and living with significant others.
VI Thou shall not kill, except for God and country.
VII Thou shall not commit adultery, except for lust.
VIII Stealing from the government must be done carefully.
IX Perjury, on occasion, can be helpful.
X If your neighbor is beautiful, drives a Ferrari, and has a villa in the countryside, do not covet Everything,
The Real Thing
17"h x 14"w x 7"d
Not too long ago, the country was drowning in a debate started in Washington D.C. that asked, “What the meaning of ‘is’ is.” That debate changed the way many people look at sex . . . and a Webster’s Dictionary.
For those engaged in this debate, the word “real” might present some real problems, as depicted in this piece that captures many everyday ordinary items and asks which of them is real.
Real could mean authentic – as opposed to counterfeit. It could mean something is fixed or permanent as in real property. It could also mean not artificial; illusory or apparent. A synonym could be genuine, being precisely what the name implies, giving rise to the irony of a real counterfeit. Philosophically, “real” could be defined as existing objectively, actual (not merely possible or ideal).
In this piece everything is real, and yet, some might judge them as not real. Can you tell the difference? Where does one draw the line?
I Want You... Monica!
26"h x 17"w x 4"d
|An old building is being renovated. In opening up a plaster wall a World War I poster is revealed. But, our leaders portrayed by Uncle Sam, no longer want soldiers, they want her! This piece was originally titled “I Want You” the thought being, with the cold war over Uncle Sam could redirect his requirements. But, when the name Monica is added to the title, a number of other thoughts, come to mind. Is the piece now commentary on our leadership and its obsession with “that woman”? Is the piece timeless? Many leaders in the past have had inappropriate liaisons and most likely many future leaders (men and woman) will act in a similar manner.|
There Goes the Neighborhood
24"h x 18"w x 6"d
This piece is a commentary on how related groups behave toward an obviously different individual, who wishes to become part of the group.
I Shall Make Thee Exceedingly Numerous
25"h x 26"w x 5"d
“ I am EL Shaddai. Walk in my ways and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and I will make thee exceedingly numerous.” It seems that God was talking to
2000 Judges’ selection for Gaelen Annual Juried Art Show
Heaven, Hell and Here
16"h x 48"w x 6"d
|Three worlds are bonded together by a chain and (antique) lock. In each, a man sits at a table drinking wine from a golden goblet. If you ask Him, “Where are you?” His answer will depend on his quality of life—Right Here!|
Why Am I Here at This Time?
39"h x 26"w x 6"d
This piece is divided into three parts----the biblical past, the present and the future.
Connecting 2. and 3. together, are pieces of matzo commemorating the flight from Egyptand the last Passover meal of Christ.
Finally the viewer is placed in the center (HERE) and views his image through the fetus, Symbolism of the potential answers to the question---Why am I HERE----at this time? Scattered in the center—
AHH-yes, the roulette wheel—is life a game of chance?
The fortune cookies, lower left, symbolism for the prophecy of the Christ saga.
Or Would You Rather Be ...?*
26"h x 21"w x 5"d
Stained glass symbols depict the rivalry of sun and the moon. The sun is powerful and source of life. The moon is a reflection, but admired by lovers.
Aphrodite, goddess of love, arose from the sea, Symbolized by the seashells.
Athena, goddess of hunt/war, after millennia of worship, is in a reflective mood. Would she have been happier if she were loved, rather than worshipped?
*Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a…….?
The ancients saw the life giving force of the sun. Lovers and poets favored the luminosity and beauty of the moon.
12"h x 18"w x 10"d
|TOPSEY TURVEY |
12"h x 12"w x 12"d
This is an interactive sculpture. The participant must write a note as to what habit (smoking, drinking, nail biting, etc) they wish to “kick” and insert it in lower section. In 271 days the Genie will work a wondrous change in the note writer. This Genie is not capable of granting health, wealth or sex favors.
2000 or 2001
22"h x 34"w x 4"d
Is this explanation for real? When the Sistine Chapel was recently cleaned, the figure of a chimpanzee was found under God’s and Adam’s fingers. This was not disclosed to the press. It is believed that Michelangelo in his study of human anatomy came to the conclusion that man descended from primates (not yet accepted by the Primates). Two chimps viewing the uncovered ancestor, had no comment.
In His Image
27"h x 17"w x 6"d
|In a galaxy far away a prophecy is uncovered, that God was about to be born on the planet Earth! Three Wise Men are sent with gifts to honor and observe the birth. The space ship arrives and the Wise Men deposit the gifts and are swiftly transported to the manger where they see the Madonna and ?|