The Garden of Earthly Delights
Curated by Karen Gilbert
April 17 – May 24, 2018
In today’s contemporary society established around excess, where are the lines drawn between morality and transgression? The Garden of Earthly Delights will examine the dark and twisted side of indulgence, such as themes of madness, sexuality, obsession, food, love, commercialization, money, and passion. On view will be work by Studio Zeitguised (Developed 2001, Berlin), Sophia Narrett (b. 1987, Concord, MA), Martynka Wawrzyniak (b. 1979, Warsaw), Mandy Lyn Ford (b. 1989, New Jersey), Joanne Leah, and Sophie Larrimore ( b. 1980, Annapolis, Maryland).
The painting by Hieronymus Bosch that lends its name to the title of this exhibition is a glorious and symbolic representation of fleshy indulgence, sexual joy, and original sin, however by representing both heavenly and hellish images, it also serves as a dire warning to the perils of life’s temptations and example of paradise lost. This exhibition, while relishing in the joys of humanity, instead asks us to reexamine our preconceptions of indulgence and reconsider good vs. evil within the contexts of fetish, surrealism, gluttony, fear, and sexuality. As novelist and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle writes to describe Bosch’s painting, and aptly, also this show, it is an "erotic derangement that turns us all into voyeurs, a place filled with the intoxicating air of perfect liberty.”