The Washington University School of Medicine showcases art exhibits on a rotating quarterly schedule. On display in the 2nd floor Hearth of the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center; artwork in these rotating shows are medical or scientific by nature, St. Louis themed or produced by a member of the Washington University community.
Mark Hurd: December 2018
Capturing the essence of a special place, a wonderful memory at a magical moment in time is what defines my art.
I am drawn to bright, saturated colors and contrast, whether they be brilliant neon reds and yellows against the dark wall of an inner city building, or the infinite, vivid shades of green in a radiant tree bathed in late day sun. My subject matter consists mainly of landmarks of St. Louis, as well as Chicago and other cities in the United States and Europe. A major creative influence is Bill Kohn, my painting professor from Washington University, where I received my BFA in 1986.
As my company, Dancing Moon Fine Art has evolved, I have partnered with corporate design groups in “purpose based design”, installing my art in retirement communities and hospital environments involved in the treatment of individuals with dementia and cognitive decline, triggering memory recall of a special place or time.
My process is a unique creative technique that utilizes my photography as a guide, free drawing and adding color to individual shapes, and layering those shapes digitally to create an impressionistic graphic work of art.
Selections from The Edinburgh Stereoscopic Studies of Anatomy
First published in 1905, the atlas includes stereographs of the head and brain, the heart and pericardium, the mediastina and lungs, and the temporal bone and inner ear. The complete atlas contains 250 stereoscopic views of the various parts of the human body.
Stereographs, also known as stereograms, stereopticans, or stereo views, simulate a three dimensional image. Two images, representing left-eye and right-eye views of the same object, are presented so that each eye sees only the appropriate image. An illusion of depth is created by this binocular view. Early stereographs used drawing and illustrations. Stereography utilizing photography dates from the early 1850s. The physician, author, and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes invented an affordable stereoscope, known as the “American stereoscope” or the “Holmes stereoscope,” around 1860. He wrote in the June 1859 edition of Atlantic Monthly:
“[T]he first effect of looking at a good photograph through the stereoscope is a surprise such as no painting ever produced. The mind feels its way into the very depths of the picture. The scraggy branches of a tree in the foreground run out at us as if they would scratch our eyes out. The elbow of a figure stands forth as to make us uncomfortable.”
Each set of stereoscopic photographs is mounted to card stock and designed for viewing through a stereoscopic viewer like the Holmes stereoscope also on display here. The photographs depict specimens carefully dissected and labeled to show the various points of anatomy. Corresponding descriptions are printed above the images.
Created for students of anatomy as a teaching aid, the atlas was a popular resource for medical schools. The Bernard Becker Medical Library holds multiple editions of the atlas, including an edition published circa 1914 on the pathological anatomy of the eye, as well as a revised edition of the original atlas.