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Jon Kessler

Habeas Corpus, 2007

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Sculpture, opaque and transparent
non-toxic urethane, instant urethane
pigments, orange polyester satin fabric, cap, glasses, mask, ear muffs,
sneakers, cable tie, 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4”
(17 x 9 x 7 cm), production by
Gamla Model Makers, Feasterville, PA,
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

An image arrested in time, forever etched into memory, icon of unseen events.


“What unheard-of, hackerly skills will be required for art in tomorrow’s video-broadband Internet: when a so-called web ‘page’ is nothing like a ‘page.’ When video compositors and web-design software can mix, match, and munge a chunk of text, annotations, hotlinks, static images, video snippets, music tracks? And it all comes gushing straight out of the same pipe, a bubbling slumgully of creolized media.” Bruce Sterling Parkett No. 79, 2007

$ 2,600.00


“Deeply influenced by issues of justice and detention, this artwork takes the form of a figurine clad in the orange jumpsuit of a Guantanamo Bay detainee kneeling dejectedly, head bent and bound at the wrists. The title, Habeas corpus, refers to the legal recourse whereby a person can report unlawful imprisonment before a court, generally through a prison official. An "icon of unseen events", the piece stands for those who have been wronged by the system, the bowed figure expressing more than a written political account ever could.” -Fineartmultiple