With growing evidence that they can help patients and their families heal, art installations and exhibits are becoming more prevalent in cancer centers.
When Alice Momm, art advisor for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City, was asked to find a compelling piece of art for the Josie Robertson Surgery Center, MSK’s new outpatient facility that opened in January 2016, her first idea was a sculpture for the outdoor terrace. But when she found out that the art would be competing with a large sign announcing the name of the facility, she realized she would have to rethink that concept.
When looking for art for MSK, Momm often turns to gallery owner Susan Eley. This time, Eley suggested exploring the work of an artist she represents, Francie Hester, who is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Checking out Hester’s website, Momm gravitated toward an installation consisting of strands of 40,000 paperclips falling from a curved rod, exhibited at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Chantilly, Virginia. Hester had produced the work with her artistic partner, Lisa Hill, with whom she often collaborates.
Taking Care of the Spirit
Art installation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center inspired by late young man’s poetry. “Wordfall,” is a site-specific art installation inspired by Brendan Ogg’s poetry, conceived of by Francie Hester and Lisa Hill. It hangs in the lobby of the Josie Robertson Surgery Center at Sloan Memorial Kettering Cancer Center on York Avenue. Photo: Greg StaleyPhoto: Greg Staley
IN THE GALLERIES: Artist Francie Hester’s Pieces Show Allure Of The Old
For more than a few contemporary artist, the sensation that art critic Robert Hughes once described as “the shock of the new” has given way to the allure of the old. Among the inspirations for Francie Hester’s “Symbolic Spaces,” at the Athenaeum, are bi discs, unearthed from Chinese graves bug as many as 5,400 years ago. Where the originals are mostly jade or glass. Hester’s freshly manufactured “Relics” are aluminum, covered in acrylic and wax. The same shapes and ingredients recur in most of the other work.
Francie Hester’s work explores the concepts of time and memory
Rooted in science and math, Maryland-based artist Francie Hester’s works are cerebral ruminations on memory and time and the phenomenon of patterns that emerge from within seemingly random events. “With each series I begin, I find science offers invaluable perspective when digging into life’s most challenging questions — the study of the brain for example, of the perception of time first as linear and then fluid. Once I have done a body of research and reading, my own artistic interpretation and perceptions take over.” Hester’s newest show will run June 26 – August 3 at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria.
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Art takes on a language of it own
“Words and Letters’ exhibit speaks in ways that are verbal and visual”
A group established at the Athenaeum puts its on spin on philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s mantra “The medium is the message.” For the 12 artist in “Words and Letters” — each of whom uses language, or in some cases merely jumbled letters — the role of the written symbol varies widely. A few works contain snatches of actual poetry and are meant to be read. For many others, the building blocks of language have been put into a blender and spread around like paint ..
LAYER BY LAYER
Francie Hester’s art on metal reflects the ravages of time
“The concept of beauty if difficult,” says Francie Hester, standing besides one of the ravishing new art objects displayed recently in an exhibition of her work at Kaller Fine Arts in Washington, DC. “A lot of beauty comes out of destruction.”