Swallows falling from the sky, looming alligators, bats burrowed in candy cane-colored hair. These are just a taste of the fantastical details to be found in Lena Rushing’s new exhibit, Methods of Madness, at Steynberg Gallery.
The last time Rushing showed at Steynberg was about two years ago and before that, she contributed a painting inspired by the Anne Sexton poem, “Words,” to an exhibit of theirs that featured artwork based on the written word. Since then, she’s curated a massively successful feminist art show at Linnaea’s Café and exhibited new work across the county. But with Methods of Madness, we finally get a full-blown solo show of Rushing’s supreme surrealism.
In this exhibit, not only do we get the elements that have become Rushing’s trademark style—radiant, strong women and their animal familiars—in everything from paintings to elaborate shadowboxes, we also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the artist’s process. Each art piece will be accompanied by a photo booklet that shows how it was made.
You can see all the glories of Lena Rushing’s work at the Steynberg Gallery beginning April 3 and continuing through April 30. There will be a reception on April 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of Art After Dark. The Steynberg Gallery is located at 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.