Washington Street Gallery presents Fear and Loathing: An October Art Show. On view October 13 through November 3, with the opening reception Saturday October 13 from 6 to 9pm. Participating artists offer their creative take on the subject of fear. Monsters real and fantastic or existential dread—what lies beneath the cover of darkness, the uncertainty of the future. What are you afraid of and how do you cope? Dark humor can transform the fearsome into the ridiculous.
In the spirit of Halloween, we’re putting together a tableau of images and objects about the experience of being afraid. From the chill that runs through you when you lean back in the dentist’s chair to the panic of facing the open jaws of a shark, fear can present itself in this immediate sense. It can also creep into our lives in more insidious and pervasive fears of self, other, and society. The malaise of living in a fearful time (politically and socially) is ever present. Dystopian nightmares are a fresh new fear for so many of us. What do these fears tell us about ourselves?
Horror as a genre has long been a vessel for our less concrete fears. To display visions of the grotesque and mysterious can be cathartic. This show also celebrates these outlets, as that which frightens us can also free us. Ghost stories, monster movies and popcorn horror are invited to the party.
Please join us for a peek under the sheet of our dark subconscious as well as a celebration of things creepy, spooky and silly in Fear and Loathing: An October Art Show. Opening reception Saturday October 13 at 6pm. Spooky/zombie/goth attire encouraged for the opening reception.
Artists include Christopher Wallace, Kristopher Cere, Judith Winters, Courtney Sanborn, Jamu White, Brett Coveney, Gretchen Ann Graham, Marysara Naczi, Bridget Harvey, Emily and Matt Eldar, William Kipp, Ansis Purins, Ben Kauffman, Maggie Cedarstrom, and Ed Dormody.
Image from "Good Dog" by Ed Dormody.