ASYLUM: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Located within a renovated asylum, Christopher Payne’s photographs echo their location with an eerie positivity that almost too vividly captures the realm of the past psychotic.  Lining that first and second floor hallways of the Kennedy Museum, Payne’s photographs transport you with ease into an alternate dimension as the sheer size of the pictures steal you from your locked standing position.

Payne captures the separation of innocence and pain as barbed wire attacks the fringes of pastoral elegance.  A willow stands solemnly as rows of unnamed graves radiate out from its deep roots.

Humbled by the large format of the photographs you are instantly flooded with an array of high-impact hues.  Sea foam greens and carmine reds disrupt each other as they pop from their hiding spaces on the wall.  Illuminating light plants an idea of loneliness as you begin to feel apart of the scene that is staring directly back at you.

Payne’s exhibit can transport you from now until January 2nd, 2011 at the Kennedy Museum of Art.

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2 responses to “ASYLUM: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

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