The Beast in Me
Of the beast in me that everybody knows
They've seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear if it's New York or New Year
God help the beast in me
-excerpt from The Beast in Me by Nick Lowe
The Beast in Me loosely draws it's inspiration from Nick Lowe's somber lyrics. The tune
describes an ever-present internal battle to control and express one's
passion, personifying emotion as the Beast—which manifests itself as an
almost second personality. Visual artists likewise grapple with the
forces within that compel them to create what they do. This exhibition
attempts to give form to that compulsion both physically and
conceptually, exploring the multiple facets of the Beast’s influence on
artistic expression which can be at once inspirational, brilliant, and
clever as well as self-conscious, destructive, and uncontrollable.
Bringing together the work of six different artists from a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound—The Beast in Me presents a rich and dynamic environment within the gallery itself. A subtle dark undertone pervades the exhibition, made poignant by the occasional juxtaposition of humor and beauty. Physical incarnations of creatures, the structures they inhabit, and narratives they inspire, exist adjacent to non-representational forms that evoke a darkness which is simultaneously intimate, vast, and austere.