Rob Craigie

Haines Gallery

With “Sublime Air Clot,” 1993, an installation of ten sculptural wall ensembles that hold various fluids, foods, and gases percolating through a system of laborataory jars, surgical tubes, and beeswax replicas of such objects as basketballs and aortalike heart valves, Rob Craigie achieves a brilliant synthesis of energy and entropy, effectively blurring the distinction between open and closed systems.

As metaphors for the body and its functions—including digestion, elimination, and even memory storage (or loss)—Craigie’s sculptures generate energy as a by-product of entropy. A drying “potato heart” sits in a specimen jar, emitting gases through a plastic tube into the air; a jar of water, heated by gallery lights, pushes warm air through a parallel series of tubes into seven successive jars filled with gurgling cherry (blood-red) Kool-Aid; or 60 beeswax basketballs with tinted Pyrex

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