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The Dark Side of Home

“The stones of the house rise up and kill those inside… statues of bronze begin to breathe.”

-Boyd Rice

“A home can be a shell, or a kind of second-skin

or it can be a coffin that you bury your body in.”

-Unknown

Curated by Beth Kantrowitz (of bkprojects and Drive-by Gallery),the group exhibition The Dark Side of Home runs through April 8th, 2011 at the Cushin-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.  The show features, David Curcio (who is also the writer of this blog – full disclosure), Judy Haberl, Kathleen O’Hara, Remi Thornton, Millee Tibbs, and Douglas Weathersby.

Despite the dictionary definition of home as “an environment offering security and happiness” we realize intuitively that outward appearance does not necessarily reflect what is happening inside.  The watercolors of Charles Burchfield; countless horror films (Burnt Offerings, Shock, The Amityville Horror, and The Stepfather to name a scant few); novels such as The Cry of the Owl by Patricia Highsmith, Victorine by Maude Hutchins and The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin all depict home as a supposed safe-haven barely concealing inimical forces inside.  Why is it that what is most mundane and familiar to us is equally capable of arousing the greatest revulsion and horror?

Kantrowitz writes “Driving by a semi-lit house at night, glimpsing abandoned buildings from a train, even lusting after picture-perfect homes in architecture magazines, we can’t help but wonder about the homes’ inhabitants–past, present, and future–and their stories… our imaginations inevitably drift to the dark side of home, envisioning the places we fear the most–loneliness, desolation, sadness, shame, perversion.”

The haunted neighborhoods of Judy Haberl

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