is a year of special exhibitions to celebrate its 20th season of programming. Lumpxx
looks back and to the future with its mission intact that combines the rigor and professionalism of a commercial gallery with the experimental attitude of alternative spaces. Lump presents exhibitions and projects with emerging, mid-career and under-recognized artists and is committed to the exhibition of challenging and thought-provoking contemporary art that falls outside the confines of a commodity-driven art market.
Lumpxx is pleased to present WE PAIN
, an installation featuring new works by 35 Philadelphia artists, many who have shown at Lump in the past. The exhibition addresses the struggle to grow and change as youth and good health rapidly recedes from view. WE PAIN
will run from November 6 - 28, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, November 6th from 6 - 9pm.
The exhibition is a collaborative installation of Philadelphia artists that have come together to recreate the likeness of an infirmary room inhabited by patients who are mysteriously absent from view. The asylum-like room is littered with personal belongings, bearing signs of their attempts for recovery and rehabilitation. It is difficult to ascertain whether the objects in the room portray earnest attempts by the medical staff to find a cure or rather the individual's desperate attempts at self-healing. The boundaries between real and imaginary, homeopathy and quack sciences become confused as the slapstick and deadly serious sit side by side. The whole field of view, albeit melodramatic or darkly comical and poignant, is bracketed by an empathetic, humanist view of life and suffering. Contents of the infirmary room include: a self-wetting bed, a giant medicine cabinet of cures, get-well cards, balloons, flowers and candy, teddy bears, afghans, bedpans, worn hospital garments, walkers and mind-numbing TVs providing a meditative drone through the hypnotic rhythm of life-support machines to complete the awkward cheer of the space.
In addition, an artists book of text, drawings and photos has been published to mark the occasion of Lumps victory lap. This book, entitled Moments, will provide a glimpse into the true life experiences of what makes Philadelphia such a lovely and terrifying place to call home. Fodder Press
William Blaise Dufala
Melissa Choi Lin
Andrew Jeffrey Wright