A two-person show for the summer, cleverly pivoted on that terrible time to be awake – too early to get up, too late to get back to deep sleep … Says the gallery’s essay: “Grabuschnigg and Malas don’t just share a set of preset personal responses that can be turned on and off at will. Their approaches didn’t come about by pure coincidence or magic. Rather, it all comes from inside them, indexed to all sorts of other impulses that we all see and feel even if we don’t respond to them like this or make art ourselves: monsters in the ultra-early morning, the shuddering moment between tearful gasps, the time spent waiting unredeemed for dawn, deafened by the birds as the sun rears its merciless head.
Monika Grabuschnigg’s sculptures and installations feature ceramic casts of everyday utensils, functional artefacts suggesting deep melancholy and loneliness. They are complemented by drawings of hanging floral arrangements with lush satin bows, the atmosphere of the memento mori …
The paintings of Nour Malas take as their subject the space between the two completely opposing emotional states – grief and celebration. “These puzzling emotional landscapes are maps of placelessness, orders of nonlinearity, full registers of the abundance of loss …”
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