Lenz by Russell Nachman
March 18 – April 24, 2016
Opening Friday March 18, 6-9 pm
LMAKgallery is pleased to present Russell Nachman’s third solo exhibition “Lenz.” The exhibit takes its title and inspiration from the short story by George Büchner. Büchner’s character study of the historical figure, J. M. R. Lenz, is a depiction of madness brought on by the struggles of spiritual needs in conflict with intellectual convictions.
“The cruelty of God’s seeming indifference to human suffering is unbearable to Lenz. Yet atheism, the intellectual alternative, shakes the very foundation of his being. He is trapped in an irresolvable conflict. Facing the void of a godless world is as impossible for him as is blind faith in a God who is capable of inflicting pain and suffering upon his creatures.”
–R. Hauser, George Büchner (NY: Twayne, 1974), p. 49
This current suite of watercolors read like “variations on a theme.” The paintings appropriate Büchner’s story and place it, like a lyric undertone, within the lexicon of Nachman’s universe. So the madness of Lenz folds into the continuous Bacchanal of spiritual degradation, booze and revelry that color Nachman’s paintings. A broken wrist, cast as a golden trophy punctuates this exhibit in triumph or resignation—or most likely in both. Nothing is forsaken nor set in stone: these are all moments in time passing ‘till the next: “the path that is, now up, now down.”