Explore the Artistic Side of ‘Madness’ at The Lodge Gallery Tomorrow

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 at 9:30 am by
Kymia Nawabi. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Kymia Nawabi. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

How does one define madness? Is it chemical or environmental (or a bit of both)? Is a little madness necessarily a bad thing? And, as an artist, how does one interpret the theme of madness and its place in contemporary culture?

The Lodge Gallery currently investigates some of these questions in its soon-to-end “Madness” exhibit. Curated by artist Lori Field, the show features her work, along with Allison Sommers, Ben Coover, Chris Crites, Chris Hipkiss, Dawn Black, Hanna von Goeler, Hiroshi Kumagai, John O’Reilly, Judith Supine, Judy Rifka / Daniel Dibble, Kymia Nawabi, Matt Rota, Sharmistha Kar, Sibylle Peretti, Sokol Andrew, Stephen J M Palmer, Winston Chmielinski and Zoë Field, all of whom explore definitions of sanity through their work.

Lori Field, Purgatory. Silverpoint Drawing. Photo Courtesy of The Lodge Gallery.

Lori Field, “Purgatory.” Photo Courtesy of The Lodge Gallery.

Madness, of course, comes in many forms. The gallery states:

If it is to be believed that the fine lines between genius and madness are drawn within cultural context, then one man’s mad fundamentalist heretic is another man’s holy martyr, one woman’s delirium tremens is a another woman’s shamanistic vision.

Hanna von Goeler, "Abstracts" from the series ‘My Money My Currency. Photo Courtesy of The Lodge Gallery.

Hanna von Goeler, “Abstracts” from the series ‘My Money My Currency.’ Photo Courtesy of The Lodge Gallery.

Tomorrow night (October 29) at 6:30 pm, a related artist talk and Q&A will take place at the gallery. Moderated by The Lodge partners Jason Patrick Voegele and Keith Schweitzer, panelists include Field, Kumagai, Sommers, Rifka, Rota and von Goeler.

“Madness” is currently on view at The Lodge Gallery through November 2.

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