Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 1, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 2, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 3, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 4 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 5, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 6, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 7, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 8, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 9, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 10, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 11, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 12, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 13, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 14, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 18, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 17, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 19, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 20, 2010, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

The carpal tunnel syndrome series is about repetition, positive and negative, both the liberty it gives the mind to wander and the circular thinking it can bring on. It started as an exercise and took on a whole new life.

 

It all started with a repeated and repeatable action— the faces were all drawn consecutively over a short period of time.  One face, drawn freehand in charcoal, over and over. 

 

At the outset, I was clear headed.  The drawings were getting better, more precise, but the repetition had become dull. Dullness drove me to boredom and boredom turned to pain—a click in my wrist was one of the casualties of doing the same thing, over and over and over.  For mind and wrist, I knocked out portions of the drawings, scrawled over faces—anything to break out of the monotony. In the end the pieces and the series gave way to something else, some other impulse.

 

The doilies hover over the faces—a thought bubble, a bit of evidence, an instance of another repetitive act that made more beautiful things. I have my clicking wrist and the series as evidence and instance. The series is a string on a finger more than anything else—a reminder of that daily repetitive rut we forget is there even while we’re in it. Carpal tunnel was my method and its result.

Part 1 - 2010

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 21, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 22, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 23, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 24, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 25, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 26, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 27, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 28, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 29, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 30, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 32, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 39, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 40, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 41, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 43, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 44, 15 x 13.5, Mixed media on paper

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 46, 20 x 16", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 47, 20 x 16", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 48, 36 x 30", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 49, 72 x 48", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 50, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 51, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on wood

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 52, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on wood

Alain Bonder, 2012, Syndrome du canal carpien 53, 14 x 11", acrylic and charcoal on wood

Part 2 - 2012