Jennifer Rubell

Incubation
November 30 - December 4, 2011

 
Incubation is an exploration of the creative act, simultaneously addressing the creation of food, the creation of life, and the creation of art. The installation incorporates two essential halves of the creative act.  The first is an incubation chamber in which yogurt is made by two uniformed nurses. The chamber has been designed to resemble a hospital nursery.  The second is a pair of pedestals -- one mounted on the ceiling, the other on the floor -- with a single line of honey dripping from the top pedestal to the bottom one, occasionally into a hole and more frequently onto the pedestal itself.   Nurses pass one jar of yogurt at a time through a slot in the incubation chamber. Viewers take a jar, open it, then reach up to the honey to receive it. The work generally explores a rarely depicted side of the creative act, the process of waiting, receiving, passivity.
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Kevin Tachman