Sanity and insanity are the themes of upcoming exhibitions at a Santa Monica gallery by two artists with diagnosed mental conditions, according to Track 16 Gallery. The Insanity Principle, paintings by Linda Carmella Sibio; and Sanity Devices, paintings by David L. Forbes, open for viewing on Saturday, April 23rd, at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
The exhibits remain on display until Saturday, June 11th. A reception is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30th.
Linda Carmella Sibio, artist of The Insanity Principle, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 19, according to Track 16 Gallery. In the two-and-a-half decades since, Sibio has built a successful art career. Her work primarily deals with the relationship between art and madness as they pertain to social issues including mental illness, homelessness, suicide, prostitution and drug addiction.
She uses gouache and sumi ink in a “Mayan hieroglyphic quality” while exhibiting fragmentation and loose lines of cartooning, with very little empty space. She considers some of her works autobiographical and invites the viewer to experience her frame of mind.
Former Londoner David L. Forbes is a prolific painter, poet and writer. His Sanity Devices paintings are frantically visual, in that he covers every inch of canvas with minute detail using bright psychedelic colors and imagery.
Along with the sensuality and fantasy-strewn elements of Hieronymus Bosch, Forbes’ paintings have strong references to social and political elements, including war, socialization, mental health, homogenization and adaptation.
Forbes uses painting and writing to try to help him in his life-long battle with temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a gallery spokesman. Forbes doesn’t believe his illness makes him an outsider.
“Every one of us has a mental condition, and our lives are spent using what devices we can in order to maintain mental balance,” Forbes wrote.
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