Art of the Mind

The medical community probably regards phrenology the same way musicians do Milli Vanilli. For those not familiar, the 19th-century discipline posited, among other things, that human personality is determined by bumps on the skull. Right. But you know what they say: One man’s outdated pseudoscience is another man’s Picasso. Just ask the artists featured in “Altered States.” The multimedia exhibit takes a look at the mind-body relationship, which adds some color to that gray matter, examining anything from phrenology and neuroscience to everyone’s favorite, sexual anxiety. Perhaps meditating on Joni Younkins-Herzog’s sculpture Lust and Anxiety will help you overcome your “stage fright.” OK, probably not, but it’s still damned cool-looking.

“Altered States” opens Saturday at 18 Rabbit Gallery (17 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). The exhibit runs through November 9; hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and admission is free. Call 828-279-1481, or visit 18rabbitgallery.com.
Sat., Oct. 9; Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Nov. 9, 2010

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Jason Budjinski