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Hypodermic needle chandelier sculptures

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ANDY DIAZ HOPE – Blood, Money and Tears… via Dorkbot list (photos).

Blood, Money and Tears
2006
hypodermic needles, U.V. coated gel capsules, swarovski crystal, artist made chandelier chromed at a Harley-Davidson shop
54 x 96 x 96 inches

The human urge to modify itself has been a primary focus of my collaborative work with Laurel Roth. We have worked together on installations examining the utopian ideals promised by the pharmaceutical industry and recreational drug culture.

This series of chandelier sculptures drips with sparkling hypodermic needles and garlands of swarovski crystal, and colorful gelatin capsules. Viewed from beneath they create colorful mandalas on which to meditate on ones relationship to pharmaceuticals. The beauty of the object from a distance and the repulsion of the individual elements upon closer inspection create the tension of our cultures schizophrenic relationship to drugs.

8 thoughts on “Hypodermic needle chandelier sculptures

  1. An artist’s intro blurb that isn’t pretentiously vague, citing specific, mostly objective characteristics of the work to back up subjective claims, rather than saying “It raises awareness of the human condition buzzword sustainable buzzword environment buzzword global cause.”

    Other than that, the haunting nature of this piece, particularly with the red and ghastly skeleton translucent whites, and its overall “dangerous and prickly should it fall on you” aesthetic evokes a bloodied Damocles’ sword, stating that the power to change one’s body is a grave one with potentially dire consequences. Also, it just looks awesomely DIYish with components we are familiar with being remixed into such a bizarre structure.

  2. Thanks for posting this piece. I just want to make sure credit is given where credit is due. This is a collaborative piece with artist Laurel Roth, who is an amazing artist and great collaborator. http://www.loloro.com

    Andy

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