• MARION PECK, VHILS, ERWIN OLAF, ICY AND SOT, DAVID MORENO, JAMES MCNABB, LI HONGBO, MALEONN, YZ

    MARION PECK, VHILS, ERWIN OLAF, ICY AND SOT, DAVID MORENO, JAMES MCNABB, LI HONGBO, MALEONN, YZ

    The physiological need for sleep, despite its temporal and spatial variations, has remained consistent throughout history, however, the discourse regarding sleep changes based on cultural and political conditions. In Speak, Memory Vladimir Nabokov dismisses the notion of sleep: “[…] I simply cannot get used to the nightly betrayal of reason, humanity, and genius.

    Danysz Gallery presents Night Talks, an online exhibition of works that allude to the reflective processes occurring at night. Works of nine artists are exhibited together to revive the imaginary nighttime. 

     

    When you stay up at night, what do you see? You might see outlines of buildings, people’s faces at sleep or awake. You might be calm or restless. There is the idea of a recurring thought, like a memory of someone’s face occupying your mind (or fragments of a face sinking into the dark background as in Vhils’ Defragmentation 5)—but mostly night is a time for dreams; the light touch, feathers that allude to pillows, softness – as is the case of Maleonn’s White on White 3.

    Night is often the time when artists get active and embark on their “nocturnal labors” (Nabokov). View of a reality changes at night. This slight shift of perception allows for a shift in a narrative.

    Objects look different; sometimes elongated and reminiscent of David Moreno’s houses, and sometimes, like in the case of James McNabb’s Control C - bended. This conception of insomnia, as both productive conceptually and reflectively, counters the traditional conception of sleep as related to economic productivity in the capitalist model; with sleeplessness “the workplace is everywhere; work time is all the time” (Blanchot).

  • Over the course of the past year, artists’ gaze, like that of many, has turned inwards; their field of view impacted by the lessened exposure to the outside world.

  • This includes prolonged observations of ones settings. In his work Hotel – Kyoto, room 211, Erwin Olaf depicts and exemplify...

    This includes prolonged observations of ones settings. In his work Hotel – Kyoto, room 211, Erwin Olaf depicts and exemplify the relationship between environments and the human figure. Many times, his compositions feature just one person. Girl lies on a bed, sleepless. Her insomnia reveals a tension indicating a conflict between her desires and capabilities within a given social context. In Waiting, La Défense 2, a woman, absorbed in her thoughts, sits in a dim café. There’s a newfound slowness. It’s after hours. We glimpse her silhouette in profile as she witnesses the environment whose scale she establishes. Her introspective gaze is turned towards an unknown subject. She is engaged in an inner conversation, a silent talk, suggestive of intimacy. Barry Dainton sheds light on our perceptions of stillness and passing of time in relation to self: “That time passes seems obvious. We live our lives in the present, but the present is always on the move.“ Conversely, proponents of the Block Universe believe that it seems to us that the present is changing, “but, they insist, this temporal passage is confined to these appearances; there is nothing in reality to which it corresponds.“ When time stands still at night the subconscious takes the main stage. Li Hongbo’s sculptural work unravels a different kind of poetic meaning: the Little Girl’s head bends in a surreal gesture. Made out of paper over the course of many hours, the repetitive nature relates to time just as it relates to craft.

  • Works on view

    • Yz Women from another century LIX, 2014 ink on wood 200 x 100 cm
      Yz
      Women from another century LIX, 2014
      ink on wood
      200 x 100 cm
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    • Maleonn White on White 3 Inkjet print on Fine Art paper 60 x 90 cm Edition of 4
      Maleonn
      White on White 3
      Inkjet print on Fine Art paper
      60 x 90 cm
      Edition of 4
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    • David Moreno Comunidad El dorado 03, 2019 Carbon Steel, Silver, Paint 23 x 28 x 92 cm 9 x 11 x 36 inches
      David Moreno
      Comunidad El dorado 03, 2019
      Carbon Steel, Silver, Paint
      23 x 28 x 92 cm
      9 x 11 x 36 inches
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    • David Moreno Loop V, 2020 Carbon Steel, Silver, Paint 33 x 29 x 55 cm 13 x 11 3/8 x 21 5/8 in
      David Moreno
      Loop V, 2020
      Carbon Steel, Silver, Paint
      33 x 29 x 55 cm
      13 x 11 3/8 x 21 5/8 in
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  • “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” —Edgar Alan...

    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

    —Edgar Alan Poe

    When Marion Peck painted Owl Dream, she established a unique perspective on nighttime. Placed in a garden, there is a solitary bed and her, who dreams. The landscape of the girl’s phantasies seems to be inescapable. This kind of perpetual dreaming blurs the line between dream and wakefulness. The imagery is hallucinatory; making it difficult to distinguish sleeping from waking consciousness.

  • “Each night, everyone descends through sleep into the Underworld, and converses there with spirits, in dreams. Modern egos do not value these conversations, and they are forgotten. But anyone who remembers their dreams consistently finds wonder in them.”

    —Marion Peck

  • Works on view

  • “I enjoy working while the rest of the world is asleep. Life feels more calm and uninterrupted. Daytime hours are for machine work, and the evening is when spontaneity, experimentation, and creativity flourishes in my studio.”

    —James McNabb

  • “We are definitely night owls. We brainstorm at night when we come back from the studio, sometimes it leads to a very long night exchanging ideas and developing them. Most of the ideas we come up with happen late at night.”

    Icy and Sot

  • With movement, Li Hongbo's paper statues become awake

    Credits: Kid Guy Collective