Steve Budington: Homunculus
October 29, 2010 - January 1, 2011
In Steve Budington’s Homunculus, human bodies unravelled, flew apart, and merged with prosthetic technology. Budington’s new body of work took as its point of departure the neuroscientific concept of the “cortical homunculus”: a remapped image of the human form that scaled body parts in relation to the degree of sensory input present in each area. In a radical redefinition of figurative painting, Budington’s imagery emphasized embodied experience: the proliferation, or complete absence, of sensory organs; Gore-Tex in exchange for skin; and male and female genitals spliced onto the same body. From iPods to cosmetic surgery, artificial hearts and neuroplastic implants, our culture increasingly extends and enhances the physical body. Budington explored and questioned how this next step in our physical evolution will transform our sense of self and our perception of the environment we inhabit.
Steve Budington lives in Burlington and is a professor of painting at the University of Vermont.
This exhibition was sponsored by Seven Days Newspaper and Walsh & Associates: A Financial Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.