By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The subject of death is explored in a wide variety of ways via an assortment of art forms in an extensive group exhibit called WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US, running for a week in Manhattan starting tomorrow.
Curated by sisters Kelsey Bennett (an artist/photographer) and Rémy Bennett (a writer/actress/filmmaker), WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US will run Tuesday, March 6 through Monday, March 12 as part of the Spring/Break Art Show at 4 Times Square, Room 2366. It’ll be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. In addition to the Bennetts, the artists involved include Panteha Abareshi, Alissa Bennett, Heather Benjamin, Parker Day, Maggie Dunlap, Julia Fox, Andrew Gori, Robert Hickerson, Patrick Horvath, Ambre Kelly and Linda Friedman Schmidt.
The show is described thusly: “WHEN DARKNESS LOVES US aims to evoke the giddy nostalgia and exhilaration that arises from the confusion of confronting the forbidden and disreputable that recalls the innocence of childhood, the sensation of exaltation felt in the midst of the macabre a return to a state of childlike wonder. Throughout these various works, the ‘monstrous’ is a symbol of the oppressed outsider driven into the shadows, now reclaiming their powers. Within immersive installations, we simultaneously contemplate our infatuation with the pop-cultural crimes that allows us to participate at arm’s length in the tragedy of others while indulging in a fantasy of being in the proximity of extreme acts of violence. Through these public signposts of loss, we can grieve collectively over the inexplicable while vicariously brushing up against a forbidden danger that both seduces and bewilders us.”