THE INSANITY PRINCIPLE: PAINTINGS BY LINDA CARMELLA SIBIO
Track 16 Presents
Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present “The Insanity Principle,” an exhibition of paintings by Linda Carmella Sibio. The exhibition will be on view from April 23, 2005 through June 11, 2005, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 30, from 6 to 9 P.M. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. One of Ms. Sibio’s performance pieces, ”Puzzles of the Gods” will take place in conjunction with the exhibition on Friday, May 27, 2005, at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $10, and reservations are required.
Since being diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, Linda Carmella Sibio has built a successful art career that has spanned over two and a half decades. 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.
Her intricate gouache and sumi ink paintings for this exhibition are rich in color, texture, and demonstrate an almost Mayan hieroglyphic quality while exhibiting fragmentation and loose lines of cartooning, with an almost compulsive need to fill in empty space. Her performances are at times autobiographical in nature, and invite the viewer to experience her frame of mind.
She has exhibited her paintings at the United Nations, the Kennedy Center, in a solo show at the Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, and has performed at The Walker Center, and Franklin Furnace, New York. She is a recipient of the VSA (Vision, Strength, and Artistic Expression) fellowship, and was a featured artist in SCOPE, Los Angeles. Her work is known throughout the U.S. having been supported by The California Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Lannan Foundation. She is involved in the plight of the disabled, whether mental, physical, or emotional, and committed to assisting them in using art in the way she has: as a soothing, self-expressive, coping mechanism.