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We tend to stay towards the sunnier end of the artistic spectrum, but with the right artist and the right tools, the more unpleasant corners of the art world can take on a style all their own.

Our latest favorite collection is Penny Rockwell’s Plugs (on display at Pavel Zoubuk through Friday), which documents the artist’s descent into psychosis, institutionalization in Bellevue, and gradual recovery over the span of 20 years. It’s a rough ride, and literally nightmarish in places, but it’s hard to think of a better way to plum the depths.

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