Midnight July 14 - August 25, 2018
For immediate release:
PARADICE PALASE is proud to present Midnight, the first annual summer open call exhibition in the project space. Featuring 32 artists from across the U.S., each work considers and responds uniquely to utopian and dystopian urban environments. As prompted, the works relate to idealistic societies, mystical realms, utopian structures; conversely, urban decay, overabundance and rotting, dystopian urbanization. The title “Midnight” - referencing the 1994 novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt - guides us towards the goal of this show. Is there a happy medium- that sweet spot between virtuous and evil?
Chen Wang depicts a dense pink landscape of jolly characters and dancing labia, all abundantly mingling like a trippy Bushwick warehouse party. Michael Webster carves his wooden structures with Shaker-like precision and craft, here transforming a steamy city grate into a prized object. Rina AC Dweck’s saturated sculpture takes all the miscellaneous goods of city consumerism and heaps it on like the inside of a hoarder’s closet. Christi Ernest collects debris and physical products of urban decay to spotlight black communities in urban environments. Each of the 32 artists included tell their own version of this tale, perhaps attempting to solve the mystery of how to achieve that balance, of just.
There is surely a need in many of these works to reach perfection, to create something hyper clean. Idealistic corners, curves, and constructions of a metropolis, a hot summer day indoors, the clearest blue skies, a new currency for a new age. We see the “good magic” shining strong. But is it always paradise? Naomi Moser questions our instagrammable lives under a day-glow palette. Sharon Servilio documents a future where the toll of centuries on once-revered technologies wins as lush as could be. Fair Brane eternalizes a moment in film that both empowers us and questions our choice to trust something so deadly. Mining for the deceit and the decay; exposing the dark realities behind our perfect facades - there is equally a dystopian outcome to this tale. Across media - painting, sculpture, etching, drawing, sound, mixed media, video - Midnight portrays the subtleties of contemporary urban life.
Featuring work by:
Alexander Puz, Alexandra Jones / C Klavsen, Angela Conant, Angela Tornello, Bahareh Khoshooee, Ben DuVall, Ben Pranger, Brigitte Caramanna, Charles Sommer, Chen Wang, Christi Ernest, Dev Harlan, Fair Brane, Heather Quercio, Jen Dwyer, Lexi Campbell, Lila Freeman, Maria Liebana, Michael Webster, Mitchell Noah, Naomi Moser, Paige Silverman, Rina AC Dweck, Rute Ventura, Samantha Siegler, Sharon Servilio, Shem Phillip-Peters, Sienna Freeman, Tom Prinsell, Vincent Castro, Will Hutnick
“There is a budding morrow in midnight.” - John Keats
We have an age-old obsession with keeping time. From sundials to pocket watches to the
atomic clock, we mark our days and measure the earth's rotation around the sun. Time is
unrelenting. A memento mori is often inscribed on ancient sundials, reminding us that our time
on earth is limited. However, hope is also intertwined in the act of calculating time. Midnight
brings with it a liminal space between light and dark, both an opportunity for change and a
lament for what we did not accomplish.
As a country, we are in a constant state of national anxiety. Historically, artists respond to
socio-political trauma by envisioning a utopia in their work, or conversely, by depicting the
current state as a dystopian society. For this show, I observed the artworks submitted to be
following two distinct currents, the first of which involves a nostalgic attitude towards past
technologies, inventions and craftsmanship of distinct objects. The second current is focused on
illustrating our dystopian present by embellishing on an urban overabundance and trashy
detritus as they relate to personal identity. Some works in the show seem to straddle both
currents, acting as non-objective observers. As a whole, Midnight reflects the many ways artists
internalize, cope with and respond to current events, interpret their existence in urban settings,
and slip in and out of the liminal safety zone between hope and despair.
- Rose Nestler
About Rose Nestler
Rose is a mixed media artist working in soft sculpture, textiles, video and performance. Her practice is informed by the delicacy and imperfections of bodies. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and currently works as a Teaching Artist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Blue School and Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2017 she was a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nominee and a Brooklyn College Graduate Teaching Fellow. Rose has shown in two person and group shows across the country including, CRUSH Curatorial, L.O.G (Low Occupancy Gallery), Underdonk, Causey Contemporary, Smack Mellon and CUCHIFRITOS. Her latest body of work was the subject of her first solo show in January 2018 at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, NY. She will be an an artist in residence at Lighthouse Works this summer.