Keyword: hospital

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City Rooftops with Distant Hospital

A view from Robert’s Morris Street apartment, looking over city rooftops toward the distant Victoria General Hospital. The image is reminiscent of Robert’s earlier Halifax Citadel over Rooftops, 1982, a bird’s-eye view of a city with a symbolic landmark in

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Studies for Exterior View of Hospital

Robert starts his Illness & Healing series with his arrival at the hospital. Like a filmmaker, the artist breaks down the action into different shots and angles. The first wide view shows the dark buildings in the distance through barely-delineated

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Studies for Hospital Entrance and Waiting Area

Robert concludes his sequence of studies for arrival at the hospital with a view of the entrance punctuated by traffic arrows on the ground. The building is impersonal; the arrow supplies an added push. Patients attempt to relax in the

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Waiting Area

Waiting is a big part of the patient’s experience. While Robert waits, he observes and draws. Robert’s charcoal drawing, while almost identical to the pen and ink sketch of the same subject, focuses more on the patients and on capturing

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Examining x-rays

Robert contrasts light from the x-ray wall with the shadow on the doctors, as well as the spectral interior of bodies with the solid masses of the two men. The x-ray gives a privileged view inside the body of the patient, but these doctors

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A family stand close together forming a totemic tower of smallest to tallest, their bodies overlapping with a patient stretched-out resigned on a hospital bed. Their gazes alternate from side to side, creating a turning, twisting motion that leads upward

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Inside the Machine (CT Scan)

This recently discovered painting shows a patient lying inside a womb-like CT-scan machine, as if awaiting birth, an illustration of the immersive nature of technology to modern medicine. The design features a man at the intersection of a circle inside

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Lung Operation

Robert created large paintings showing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer patients. Both paintings show a lone patient undergoing a trial. There is no doctor, only machinery and drugs that hint at technological wonders about to be performed. The only image

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As a photographer, Robert sought out patterns more actively than in his paintings and drawings. This tightly cropped view of the rear entrance to a city hospital shows an ambulance bay surrounded by white walls and repeating windows. It looks like a prison, an impression

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In Conference, Robert shows the modern hospital as a place that gives rise to different conversations depending on who’s talking and where. Three earnest-looking doctors are portrayed as men lost in debate, while the patient lies somewhat forgotten in the background.