Sorry for the lack of updates these few days, was struck by a severe episode of food poisoning. I shall not say what I ate but, Popeye’s Chicken. Was pretty much reenacting a scene in Emily Rose over and over again and finally today I have some energy to start blogging again. So, let’s start.
For the life-sized piece, titled “Ghost in the Machine,” Ted Lawson wrote thousands of lines of code directing a CNC machine to draft his portrait, thus merging manufacturing and artistic processes. He then hooked himself up to a robotic arm intravenously, and spent hours literally pouring his blood into the work.
The visceral piece, a collaborative effort between man and machine, challenges those who consider digital or mechanical art to be more removed than traditional fine art fields like painting and drawing.
The life-sized self portrait also shares the same title as British philosopher Gilbert Ryle‘s description of René Descartes’ mind-body dualism. The phrase was introduced in Ryle’s book The Concept of Mind (1949) to highlight the perceived absurdity of dualist systems like Descartes’ where mental activity carries on in parallel to physical action, but where their means of interaction are unknown or, at best, speculative. But it also somehow reminded me of the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. The man is largely speculated to be Jesus himself.
Lawson has been living and working in New York City creating original works from his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Using figurative representation and geometric abstraction, Ted Lawson creates a narrative progression of forms that reveals something conceptually greater than the sum of their parts. Ted’s large scale works combine digital technology with highly crafted traditional sculpting methods to seamlessly produce conceptual objects that express the underlying analog truth within his subject matter. His working process in an exploration into the human existential experience through imagined models of the universe as physical form.
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