Brion Poloncic, “The Madness Inspiration” 2021, Ink on paper

Recent media exposure about pandemic-related anxiety and depression has triggered crucial conversation about mental health in general, and related antidotes — conventional, unconventional, the outright dangerous, and sometimes, the just plain weird.

The Little Gallery/Blackstone presents for this year’s May-June fare, Weird Therapies, featuring the work of Brion Poloncic. The self-taught visual artist, (and author and songwriter) is known for using cryptic iconography, humor and a unique style that might be described as “stream-of-consciousness hieroglyphics,” as palliative exercises toward a better understanding of his own mental health challenges.

Serious artists are well aware of the curative value provided by their diligent pursuits, both physical and mental. Some say they may actually have a slight advantage since creativity and its associated handiwork is already big part of their lives.

Poloncic, “Weird Therapy” 2021, Ink on paper

Though Poloncic invites humor into the fold, he is not one to trivialize the seriousness of mental illness. In his statement about this show, “Madness is not something to be sought after.” He continues, “Schizophrenia is a mess one can only escape by constructing a philosophy around the pain of an experience denied me by my science, my religion and my culture. And this is from where the art stems.”

The opening reception for Weird Therapy is Saturday, May 8, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show runs from May 8th through June 30. The Little Gallery/Blackstone is located inside the Mansion at Blackstone,144 S. 39th, Suite 1b. Further information is available on their website at thelittlegalleryblackstone.com.


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