People in Pain

People in Pain by Gretchen Bender (1988)

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Originally part of a solo exhibition, People in Pain never found a home, it was kept in storage and fell into disrepair with the vinyl flacking off and was discarded after Bender’s death in 2004. It consists of a crumpled field of vinyl backlit with neon illuminating a series of 90 movie titles.

Over the past two years American artist Philip Vanderhyden has worked to reconstruct and exhibit a number of Bender’s works including People in Pain with an interest in how the piece’s “reappearance” illustrates the way “our cultural experiences live and die.”

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