Beauty, Pain and Painkillers
Historically fine art and medicine confront each other like body and soul. But closer examination shows a lot of parallels and coincidences.
The aim of this project is to follow and to explore hiden and not so evident connections between the history of medical science and aesthetical theory of 18-19th centuries. The connection between scientific discoveries of the past times and timeline of art history is regarded as a story about Beauty, Pain and its Painkillers. Every pharmaceutical discovery in the domain of painkillers was turning into an era of opium, morphine, vicodine and paracentamol and its side-efects, and all of this corresponds to the upcoming movements in art history .
For example romantism goes after neoclasical age of Torvaldsen and Ghoethe which is coinsidenced with the first sintetizing of morphine , discovery of aspirine in the beginig of 20th century was in the same time as the cubism and first wave of modernism came up as well as invention of paracentamol and ibouprophen is totaly corresponds in the time line to Clement Greenberg’s and Rosalind Krauss’s researches in abstract painting and postmodernism.
Nowadays Not so many things prove us our human nature in our postdigital era, and it is still perception of Beauty and phisiological reaction of human body to pain: It's just has to be said that painkillers remain the leader of top selling drugs for centuries as well as Monumental ruins of ancient Rome which used to inspire romantic poets are being replaced by ruins of Palmira which has been recently damaged in Syria.
Graphics series, ink, pen & photocopy, 297x420 mm, 2016