J.W. Mahoney: Carceral

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Editorial Review

By Michael O'Sullivan
Friday, Apr. 27, 2012

J.W. Mahoney's new exhibition, opening Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curator's Office, is in the spirit of turning lemons into lemonade. When the artist was jailed for four days last summer after a DWI conviction, he used part of that time to come up with titles for the art that appears in this show (pieces that at the time had not even been created, except perhaps in his head).

Called "Carceral" - the word is related to "incarceration" - the show features dadaist combinations of text and appropriated imagery, often incorporating organic forms from 19th-century German naturalist and printmaker Ernst Haeckel.

According to Mahoney, the works aren't about catharsis or healing. Instead, the artist describes them as "semi-successful escape attempts."