Past Exhibitions

Love: Error & Eros

Alex Grey

Kissing, Alex Grey,
Oil on Linen

May 16, 1998 - May 30, 1999

Curated by John Maizels and Maggie Maizels, creators and founders of RAW VISION: International Journal of Intuitive and Visionary Art.

True Love

True Love includes works that reflect the enduring quality of love at its warmest and most optimistic - the deep felt affection of one human being towards another. The highlight of this sections is the Love Installation created by Danielle Jacqui, one of the leading lights of a group of self-taught artists from Provence in southern France. Calling themselves artistes singuliers, this is probably the only association of self-taught artists in existence. Such artists usually work in complete isolation from others, but the group exhibits together, and its members support one another in their endeavors. Danielle Jacqui's large work, based largely on her embroidery skills, is a celebration of true love, fronted by the extraordinary wedding dress she has painstakingly created. Other members of the artistes singuliers are also featured in the museum. Raymond Reyaud, the original founder of the group, is represented by three of his intricate and sensual compositions, while Monique Goutte, who was inspired by Reynaud herself, expresses a more humorous and joyful approach.

Love Scorned

Love Scorned confronts the deep feelings of love that people have for one another that cannot be fulfilled. Some suffer betrayal, others never attain the object of their dreams. Aloïse Corbaz never even spoke to Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and could only worship him from afar. Eventually hospitalized, she created a lush romantic fantasy world. Here, uniformed suitors danced with bare-breasted maidens in a love-soaked world which she could never experience. Royal Robertson, a lay preacher, lost his wife Adele to another. He was so incensed by her betrayal that it became the impetus of his creative output. The front of his house became a battleground of emotions where he could publicly give vent to his feelings in striking signs as well as scathing depictions of his former wife. Albert Louden's haunting pastel works reflect an empty world of loneliness where figures drift away from one another, unable to make that final connection or communication.

Love Profane

Love Profane shows that love can also become a mass of twisted emotions, some of which can drift out of control of the artist. The powerful work of Johann Hauser, one of the most famous artists of the Austrian Gugging Hospital community, regularly took women as a theme. He is represented by one drawing, created over a two-week period, which reflects the powerful feelings and impulses that drove Hauser to create his female images with a latent sexual energy. Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern's drawings also portray deep underlying tensions and powerful emotions in expressions that surge with erotic power. Malcom McKesson expresses his strange and disturbing world of duty and sublimation - to him the ultimate expression of love. In his world, he devotes himself to his imaginary mistress, joyfully suffering any deprivation in her service.

Love Divine

In Love Divine, love breaks away from human considerations, and becomes a spiritual entity. For Alex Grey, love is a cosmic force that surges around both body and mind to create on unified field of energy, while for other artists, love is a potent God-given phenomenon, to be glorified and celebrated. Mary Proctor's works, often painted on old doors and large wooden panels, express the pure joy of love and its powerful force for the good of mankind. R.A. Miller, Reverend Benjamin Perkins, and Sister Gertrude Morgan reflect the strong evangelical tradition in much of Southern American folk art. Paintings and objects become visual sermons and exaltations, a combination of devotion, joy and striking imagery. The Sculpture Barn houses a huge balloon, 300 feet in circumference, made by Leonard Knight, expressing his great love of God. Knight went on to create Salvation Mountain, a great man-made structure in the California desert adorned with swirling colors and massive slogans of love.

Love Lost

Love Lost shows that for some, love can never die, even when their loved ones have passed on. Devorah Kleinbeast witnessed the painful death of her husband, infected with AIDS by a blood transfusion after a horrific accident. In her Visual AIDS journal, compiled during the long months of her husband's demise, she chronicles the daily anguish of her impending loss. Sylvian Fusco was imprisoned and conscripted for the murder of a drunk in a bar. When he was released he was unable ever again to locate the woman he loved. His drawings created over a short period of time in a hospital, are endless variations on the single theme, depicting idealized images of his lost love.