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Night Moves

shining a light into the shadowy corners of 3am...

Night Moves
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Maybe the night sky is studded with stars, or obscured the orange glow of urban streetlights. Perhaps dreams seem more like nightmares, full of ghosts and monsters that turn a peaceful night into a time of terror, when every creak signals approaching danger...

Tom Wood,
Lumberjack Kiss, 1986,
from Looking for Love, series, 1983-86.
C-type, 58 x 75 cms (frame size).
Courtesy the artist.

It’s three in the morning, and anything is possible. While some people are tucked up in bed dreaming the night away, nightowls are still out in bars and clubs living it up. Maybe the night sky is studded with stars, or obscured the orange glow of urban streetlights. Perhaps dreams seem more like nightmares, full of ghosts and monsters that turn a peaceful night into a time of terror, when every creak signals approaching danger. Maybe there is no sleep at all, and the night is spent staring at the ceiling, fretting over the day to come or the day just survived.

Group exhibition 3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night features 22 UK and international artists and their visions of the mysterious night time hour. For participants such as Sandra Cinto, 3am means limitless space. Her large-scale fabric installations convey infinity and the silent vacuum in their representations of the galaxy. In a more temporal interpretation, Michael Palm and Willi Dorner take to the streets for the film Body Trail, following a couple of youths through the city and intermittently encountering them piled in living sculptures. Another urban explorer is Danny Treacy, who cuts an unsettling figure in his wardrobe of reassembled grubby clothes found on the streets. Curated by the Bluecoat‘s Angela Kingston and exhibited by Chapter gallery, Cardiff, 3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night will be shown until 2 March, and there is a companion publication available from Liverpool University Press.

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3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Hirsch Perlman,
My Reproof #11, 2003-2004.
Gelatine silver print,
40.6 x 50.8 cms.
Courtesy the artist.

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Danny Treacy,
Them #25, 2010.
Lambda digital C print
mounted on aluminium,
215 x 180 cms.

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Michael Palm and Willi Dorner,
Body Trail, 2008.
Film still from original film.
Courtesy Sixpackfilm

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Ed Pien,
Becoming Giant, 2012.
Ink on sectioned paper,
76.2 x 114.3 cms.
Courtesy the artist,
Pierre-François Ouellette
Art Contemporain, Montreal,
Birch Libralato, Toronto.

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Sandra Cinto,
We are star dust, 2008.
Permanent pen and acrylic on MDF,
275 x 370 cms.
Collection: Fundación Pedro Barrie de La Maza.
Photo: Cláudio Coelho.

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Danny Treacy,
Them #17, 2007.
Lambda digital C print
mounted on aluminium,
215 x 180 cms.
Courtesy the artist.

3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night — Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Tonico Lemos Auad,
Sleep Walkers, 2009.
Brazilian and Belgian lace and electric parts,
17 individual hand sewn lanterns.
Dimensions variable.
Unique in a series of three variations.
© the artist.
Courtesy the artist and
MUHKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen).

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