Henry Maudsley was the pioneering British psychiatrist (1835-1918) who is commemorated in the Maudsley Hospital in South London, to which he contributed the sum of £30,000 towards its establishment in 1907 as a new mental health hospital which would also support teaching and research, which eventually was consolidated in the world-leading Institute of Psychiatry now the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) within King’s College London.
Richard Aldrich (born 1975), the American artist who lives and works in New York, was on show in London at Modern Art with one of his paintings linked to Henry Maudsley and other linked to Pink Floyd whom he admires.
His work on show from over the last decade was very mixed and had a slight edge as he explored time, memories and unexpected connections, quite often using found objects. Why for example is a cat sleeping in a white box with only a few slots to let air in?
One of the joys of Modern Art, with the scale of its industrial spaces is the way that art connects with the architecture and the geometry of the folded roofs.