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Mathieu Larone   March 15, 2014

The Madness Within

Homo sapiens are and will always be insanely fascinating to me. Insanely fascinating because what we can find in our minds can sometimes be very disturbing and dark. This is what I try to illustrate in my sketchbooks. I feel like the quickest approaches to drawing can sometimes convey the most insanity and this is something that I try to explore. A lot of my drawing might seem crude and dark and for some reason this is something that I enjoy immensely. The crude nature of human emotion is really the basis of most of my work. Although madness can be hard to define in a concrete way, I think that the eyes play a huge role in conveying this untapped flow of madness that is hidden in all of us. A lot of my figures and faces also seem to adopt a shameless stare. Such a stare might often seem so simple but hidden under it is a constant flow of thoughts that we cannot control.

Contrast also plays a huge role in defining the mood some of these drawings. The use of black ink has always been a pleasure to me simply because you can’t erase it. You are stuck with what comes out. Exploring huge shadows that contribute to bizarre and uneasy scenes helps when it comes to creating my images and characters. Although most of these drawings were done on the bus or while in the metro, I enjoy looking back on them and seeing how the madness that I strive to create also evolves with me.

Mathieu Larone, first year Illustration & Design student, 2013-2014 academic year

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    Nancy Pettinicchio

    May 4, 2014

    So amazing.

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    JOE

    April 17, 2015

    Your drawings were amazing. The way you decided to use the pen was totally new to me. When we talk about drawing, it is always something in color and well done without no imperfections. You decided to exhibit the real human that we all are. Even though you said it was expressing madness, I feel like it is not only madness, but the realness of a human being. We are all smeared in some way. However, your drawings totally show the real madness of the few bad apple of the society( but they are still edible. We just have to clean them more carefully) . Well, good job. I liked it. 😊

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    jacob36

    April 17, 2015

    These drawings are incredibly deep and do portray a dark, insane, maybe even horrific side of humans. It seems that there are always those sick-minded people in the world, wherever you go some people are born with a dark or crazed component deep inside of them that is either apparent throughout their childhood or comes out after is triggered somehow, maybe by a dramatic event. The pictures smiling clearly show that these people crazy but in all of the pictures the people seem to be staring at something with heavy eyes that mask the sick thoughts going through their heads. I think the enjoyment from these pictures come from the thrill of being scared as they are all scary, dark pictures.

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    abigaellenormand1630

    March 19, 2016

    I found this exhibit extremely unique due to it’s honesty. I find that art traditionally has an inaccurate representation of the world we live in. It often either shows it in it’s best light, or shows what one wishes the world was truly like. Exhibits can easily be a way for an artist to escape into a different time or environment, one he most likely thinks would be better. Art often glamorizes a cold and narcissistic world. This art exhibit however, does not. It represents the world in its true form. Each character exhibits raw emotions and shows how everybody is a little mad.Everybody is imperfect and a little weird, yet that is what makes life so interesting. This art exhibit beautifies the world, but in a very honest way, without glamorizing it. It shows the world for what it truly is (absolute madness) but in a way that shows that the bad isn’t always as bad as it seems. Long story short, I appreciated this exhibit’s sincerity.

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    Aya

    September 1, 2020

    This exhibit is deep and shows a side of our reality that humans are trying to forget. The fact that you let the drawings of sick-minded characters speak for themselves creates a suspicious yet dark place where wickedness is the center of attention. It’s rare that people are comfortable talking or showing the existence of dark, twisted minds but it’s a part of our reality that we can’t neglect even if it’s scary to face. However, this art exhibit offers another perspective of our world without glamorizing anything. Each character seems to be lost as if they don’t know what they are doing. A lot of the people that do horrible acts are not in control of themselves because they have a mental illness or something happened in their childhood that really affected them. To conclude, i love how this exibhit shows us another reality of our world and that dark people are not bad people.

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    darcy

    September 2, 2020

    I find these drawings very unique and interesting. The art shows the truth that everyone has a dark or weird side to them that’s not shown to anyone except themselves because we tend to hide from it. The part that stood out to me the most and found interesting is the choice of black ink because like you said, you can’t erase it and your stuck with it. I find this very true because that dark part of ourselves is permanent. We may be able to try to change but it will always stay with us no matter what.  It may be from experiences that let out this madness or dark side and I think that the world needs to show this reality more because it’s sometimes seen as scary or not something that should be talked about. The art really captures the honest truth of people which I think is great.

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    josephcipolla

    September 2, 2020

    I personally find this exhibit quite intriguing, considering the fact that Mathieu decided to take a rather dark approach to what goes on in our minds behind our facade. I love how in these drawings, I am able to recognize that the figures are clearly imagining things that I will never know, which is the beauty of the mind and its thoughts and what I suppose to be the general idea behind this exhibit. What especially caught my attention is when the artist mentioned the “stare” that embodies “a constant flow of thoughts that we cannot control.” I find it interesting that most of the figures in the exhibit portray each a unique stare, millions of thoughts running through their heads that become contained within that persons mind. I find these pieces of work very relative to our modern day and to each individual that cannot be stripped of their unique and sometimes dark thoughts. Every body thinks of disturbing thoughts at times, whether they become a reality or are masked behind a facade or a stare. They’re inevitable and ceaseless, which this exhibit portrayed wonderfully.

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    Kamilia Heddache

    September 3, 2020

    I find this exhibit extremely fascinating. I really appreciate how raw your drawings are, you are not afraid to show them in all their imperfections and all their colors (although most of them are in black and white). I have always been fascinated by psychology and by, in particular, how humans view their own selves and others depending on their mental states. For that reason, I think that portraits (especially self-portraits) are a great window into the mind. What I find particularly interesting in this exhibit is that your drawings are drawn in ink. It fascinates me because, as you stated in your description, ink cannot be erased. This reminds me of what many people say about their newly gained perspectives after experimenting with psychedelic drugs. Many people that I know report gaining a new perspective on life that can never be erased even after the effects of the drug have ceased.

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    joyce

    September 3, 2020

    This exhibit is extremely fascinating. To be able to capture the unstable emotions of a human that has lost their mind is impressive to begin with. I would assume that we do not see insane people on a day to day basis and yet the facial expressions seem so accurate and raw. Mr. Larone makes an interesting point that we do not have a concrete definition of what madness is, and yet we can all somehow recognize it. It truly is an interesting phenomenon. The contrast does indeed accentuate certain facial features that would be easy to miss had the colours been able to melt into one another. I will admit that some of the drawings were hard to look at; they are very unsettling but I fancy them nonetheless.

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    Rania

    September 3, 2020

    This exhibit is very meagnigful and powerful, as it it shows intense feelings and brings out emotions through facial expressions in these drawings. The pencil is used in a unique way, to capture all the little details a human being can feel. The more time you spend on it, the more you feel the darkness and madness of the characters. The sixth drawing is very interesting to analyze. The first “person” is more likely to be reflexive, as the darkness in his eyebrows show us that he’s serious and intelligent. On the other hand, the guy under him, full of bags under his eyes, gives an impression of someone who suffers a lot, tired of life, maybe depressive. What is even more interesting is that he is a part of the one on the right with the happy face and full teeths, which illustrates both sides of the human being; the bright and the dark side.This piece reflects a beautiful message to me about the reality of life with expressing many things that are part of us but tends to be more hidden.

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    Matteo

    September 8, 2020

    These pieces of art are very interesting to me, all of them in a unique way show the darkness within people. Certain life experiences and mental illnesses can really bring out the dark side of a person. The human brain can do many wonders and many people cope differently in certain life situations. That is why I find the first piece the most interesting. In this drawing, we can see a person holding a pipe and around his body we see some sort of shade. The reason I believe this drawing is important is because it seems to me, the person is smoking to calm and relax himself. I believe the shade we see around his body is the darkness escaping him. Smoking can be a calming and relaxing activity for some people in today’s world and that’s why I believe it was presented that way.

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