‘Medicine & Magic’ is first exhibition of spring at Clarion gallery

January 29, 2018
Medicine and Magic DesoleClarion University Gallery will open the spring semester with “Constant Albertson: Medicine & Magic.” The exhibition, which runs Jan. 30 through March 17, encourages viewers to distinguish between medicine and magic: What is good for us? What can heal? What is a distraction?

"There are many ways to think about medicine," Albertson said. "In the West, we tend to imagine a chemical intervention that attacks the disease process. There are other ways to think about medicine, as anything that improves holistic health. Key to this notion is rigorous rejection of the Cartesian idea of separation of mind and body. I say 'rigorous' because it is so ingrained in Western thought as to require conscious effort. The mind and body are one. Disease occurs when there is an imbalance, whether that be between the body and the environment, or an internal imbalance of some kind. Hence, I am thinking of medicine as practical strategies towards rebalance.

"Magic, then, is a fraud, a slight-of-hand, a con, misdirection, a distraction from what is real and important. This exhibition is intended to be a conversation and a search to distinguish one from the other."

Albertson is an art educator and studio artist. She exhibits her narrative ceramic sculpture nationally and internationally.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The gallery is on the lower level of Carlson Library.
Last Updated 1/29/18