[imagebrowser id=89] On a very cool almost spring night and also on the weekend of St. Patrick’s bacchanalian drink fest, Arte Fuse ventured into the night to attend the opening reception at Munch Gallery last March 17, 2012. Lillan Munch, who always gives something delectable at the LES to chew on and currently with this latest exhibition “Night”, helms the jewel box of a space located on Broome Street. The featured five artists are: Neke Carson, Erik Foss, David Hochbaum, Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen, and Anton Perich. It’s little known but the five artists have been connected for years and collaborated artistically on various projects while pursuing their individual art. As a special take away for the exhibition, an edition of NIGHT magazine single spread was available.
The nocturnal themed collective depict how each artist in their own remarkable way associated with the word “night”. It was a smorgasbord of different takes of what night incites with certain emotions from placid stillness, heady eroticism, innocent nightmares, fleeting impressions and tedious remnants of hedonism. New York nightlife in its stark and oblique variety never ceases to amaze.
Neke Carson showcased glow in the dark objects forming a very innocently tinged nightmare landscape that delighted everyone. Each image is comprised of two or three photographs to create an almost religious stained glass window effect with your cast of Buddhas, ghosts, super hero action figures, aliens and all things that may go bump in the night. You can virtually make up your own narrative thread and be entranced with this playful night tableaux of odd characters.
Erik Foss worked as a bartender and knows nightlife thoroughly. He opened his own bar, Lit Lounge, in 2002 and it gave further inspiration to create oil paintings based on a photo taken from his bedroom window on one of those breaking dawns coming home from the bar. Incorporating found objects such as the detritus picked up on the floor after another eventful party night, the magical rendition of the multi-hued vista of almost morning clashes with the evidence of last night’s debauchery. Such elements dialogue clearly and a contradiction that is utterly sublime.
David Hochbaum gave the most fleeting and tender treatment with his mixed media work. With the neon Twilight Bloom above the arranged pieces, his work unfolds ever so slowly with layered nuances in the materials, composition and the beautifully obscured figures. There is a rich and luscious plethora of paintings, sculpture and words scribbled on the wall. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, the night is also a series of rise and falls that is the tapestry of all that has been or the possibilities thereof.
Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen reached into the past and brought out the carnal aggressiveness into the night. It reads very graphic but one has to take into account that this was done about 10 years ago and completed in the weeks leading up to 9-11. The acrylic on archival matting board pieces denote his frantic and emotionally stressed mind while DJ’ing as evident with the very bold strokes, stark forms and overt symbolism of the double penetration (DP). It can be a statement of the carnal pleasures that occur in the night or he’s a very unwavering spectator of what happened on 9-11 when two planes penetrated the skies to change the city forever. The strong physical aspect resonates differently once you read past the obvious sexual imagery.
Anton Perich displayed digital photograms with his Andrea series that captured the alluring form of a still body becoming the negative image. Made from full body-size negatives, the model’s form lying on the large sheet of photo paper gets traced with a small flashlight employing brush-like motions. Dead flowers are mixed in to interact with the shifting movements of the model’s outline. The 8 feet wide negatives are presented as 24-inch prints for this exhibition. It is the haunting yet ethereal result that enables your senses to be still for a moment in order to relish each image.
So where does the night take you? These five artists have fully owned up to their version and interpretation of the word. It is unfiltered and frank in its presentation with art functioning as intermediary portals where you can temporarily inhabit totally different worlds – even just for the night.
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 14, 2012
Gallery Schedule: Wed. to Sat., 12 – 7 pm/ Sun. 1 – 6 pm/ or By Appointment
245 Broome Street. New York, NY 10002
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan