Christopher Grimes Gallery and Chung King Project are pleased to present Without Sun, a group exhibition organized by independent curator Carole Ann Klonarides, which includes artists Dan Bayles, Case Calkins, Euan Macdonald, Thom Merrick, Joshua Podoll, Anna Sew Hoy and Elizabeth Tremante, with works selectively shown in both galleries.
The concept of the exhibition began as rumination on the Chris Marker film Sans Soleil (Sunless, 1982), a fictional documentary that questions our ideas of appearance, time, memory, and history. In the film, Marker uses the conceit of documentary form and a diarist narrative between a globe traveling filmmaker and a woman who could be a lover or colleague, but who serves as a "vessel of another consciousness." Marker is interested in the banality of everyday life and its disruption – in particular, the impermanence of things and the subsequent need to resource and recycle (represented as a matter of survival in Africa), and to find everything a place (in Japan, where digital technology was conceived, there is a mourning for all that is lost with a spiritual quest for its return). This meditation on representation and recollection recognizes that images are inauthentic representations of a lost past, but can also provide a key to transforming the present and the future.
Sans Soleil is itself an artifact from an already receding past, but like the film, the group exhibition Without Sun reflects on the notion of impermanence and the artist’s utopian need to alter this reality. Dan Bayles’ paintings are of re-imagined sites, which simulate technological interventions in what appears to be architectural or militaristic mappings; Case Calkins sculptural painted totems are receivers for transported psychic messages; multi-media artist Thom Merrick paints and sculpts aberrations within the desert landscape where he lives and works; Josh Podoll’s abstract paintings serve as portals to another dimension; Anna Sew Hoy sculptures are accumulations of the once functional and then discarded, that now invite reinvention; Euan Macdonald, conceptual media works depict the banality of everyday life, and the paintings of Elizabeth Tremante depict the terrifying beauty of ecological transformations.
The artists each combine a variety of materials and methods within their individual works that when seen together, reflect the landscape as a vector of very separate and detached subjectivities.