A mind-opening new exhibition entitled “Madness” will open at The Lodge Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Curated by artist Lori Field (who is quite mad for her blindingly detailed silverpoint drawings), the exhibition explores a plethora of facets of madness, ranging from illness, to cultural norm, to confusion, melancholia to religion to…you get the point.
Madness pushes a person out of societal norms, yet aren’t we all mad, here? To quote directly from the exhibition’s statement: “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 mans holy martyr, one woman’s delirium tremens is a another woman’s shamanistic vision. As it turns out, it’s not as easy as it seems to define madness even within the broad interpretations of our shared colloquial vernacular.”
Ms. Field’s choice of artists spans a wide berth, and allows for a wonderfully varied exploration of the topic with some wonderfully talented artists. Exhibiting artists include 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, Lori Field, Matt Rota, Sharmistha Kar, Sibylle Peretti, Sokol Andrew, Stephen J M Palmer, Winston Chmielinski and Zoë Field. As with all of The Lodge’s exhibitions, this one is not to be missed.
Madness opened on Friday, October 10th and will be on view until November 2nd, 2014.