The Southern’s small works show, Get Well Soon, is this year’s cure for seasonal affective disorder
By Connelly Hardaway
The Southern, a contemporary art gallery tucked behind a Pizza Hut, standing tall in a sea of construction, is a heartening site. The gallery itself is an affront to the mass consumerism taking place, daily, along upper King Street. Tourists clutching lattes, shopping bags dangling from their arms, walk, wild-eyed into the fray that is sometimes (hopefully) local boutiques, but also more often than not, big box chain stores. This sight is most common on the zenith day of all consuming days — Black Friday.
The Southern wants to offer Charlestonians a safe haven in the dark, dark day after Thanksgiving. Their small works show, Get Well Soon, is designed to up your dopamine levels. Seriously. As the show’s description tells it: “While it is a common experience to fall in love with a certain artwork, scientists now have evidence that shows the brain reacts similarly when viewing artwork as when falling in love! It has always had the ability to serve as a source of happiness, light-heartedness, and joy.” Damn straight…READ THE FULL FEATURE