OPEN CALL EXHIBITION: MIDNIGHT
July 14th - August 25th, 2018
Opening: Saturday July 14th, 6-9pm
Closing: Saturday August 25th, 6-9pm
Saturday & Sundays, 1pm-6pm & by appointment
Additional hours on Mondays & Tuesdays TBA
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
Congrats to the artists selected to exhibit in our first annual open call exhibition!
PARADICE PALASE has sought out artists responding to or creating new conversation on utopian and/or dystopian spaces as it relates to urban environments. Works relate to idealistic societies, cultures, other worlds; or relate to the failure, doom, and deterioration of similar spaces.
Best in Show: Chen Wang
Runner Up: Michael Webster
Runner Up: Christi Ernest
“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
Guest Juror: 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.