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June 25 - October 15, 2007

The Doctor's Palette

Art Exhibition

Works by Susan Ball, Ann Beeder, Paul Rosenbaum, Ladd Spiegel and Martin Wilner

at the Center

Artists' Reception: Saturday, September 15, 5:00-6:30pm
Immediately following the Roundtable Modernity and Waste

The exhibition may be viewed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, and by appointment. Please call 646-422-0544 or email info@philoctetes.org to make arrangements.

The Doctor's Palette, which concludes the 2006-2007 season of exhibitions at The Philoctetes Center, demonstrates how art and science find harmony in the individual. The concept of the Center was inspired in part by C.P. Snow's famed Two Cultures essay, in which he inveighed against the separation between science and the humanities. This separation expresses itself not only across our culture, but also in the tendency of individuals to compartmentalize creative and scientific aptitudes. The dialogue between the scientific discipline of medicine and the creative play of visual art is evident in the work of the five Doctor/Artists presented in the exhibition. Susan Ball's intricate "doodles"reflect a mining of the unconscious, while her post-card watercolors serve as more literal documentation of her travels. Ann Beeder's colorful silk screens and ink portraits capture the idiosyncrasies of her subjects, who are often patients. Paul Rosenbaum's gouache paintings attempt to bring intimacy to the tourist's point of view. Ladd Spiegel uses printed pages and maps to underlie his geometric, almost clinical abstractions, and Martin Wilner's ink drawings skitter on the boundary between the representational and the fantastical.

Exhibition curated by Hallie Cohen (Chair, Art Department, Marymount Manhattan College), with Adam Ludwig.

Ann Beeder, Portrait of a Narcissist

Susan Ball, Untitled Doodle

Ladd Spiegel, Allentown/Bethlehem (Blue Oval)

Paul Rosenbaum, Simple Street

Martin Wilner, Making HIstory, May 2005