for Veterans and the Public
In 1966 I studied methods and materials at the San Francisco Academy of Art where I discovered egg tempura and gilding. These have become my principal media to the present day.
Since 1972, artist Joel Hoyer has also focused much of his artistic vision on the creation of contemporary ritual objects, similar to West African Kota reliquary art. For several years he has been creating other types of receptacles in which objects of particular significance to him or his friends are sealed, literally, and ritually "enshrined" for posterity. For him, it is a "letting go of the past." The Infectious Diseases Clinic was honored to receive one of his reliquary pieces commemorating the conclusion of the first of its drug trials to treat AIDS.
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