Night Gallery is pleased to present “No Eyes For Irma,” a new solo exhibition by Mira Dancy. Using ink, pigment, vinyl, sound and text, Mira Dancy’s work poses the question: Does the evil painting must become a woman?
Running through the forest, a landscape of scorching nudes rallies around her. The spectacle burns colors onto her skin and her eyes roll back. She trips and falls in the shower. The stream is only ankle deep. The sun goes suddenly sullen and every inch of her goes naked. This is her nude.
With “No Eyes for Irma”, Dancy embodies and disembodies her subject to contextualize “some nude” outside of the modern trope. Her bleedy spills of paint and black ink on raw canvas call up expressionistic female forms summoning a specter of Kirchner’s beloved Erma. Dancy’s nudes are not from the model; they are fashioned from her corporeal experience of painting, drawn from the body behind the eyes. Purples and pinks ignite the dirge within. After the horror and honesty dissipate a smoldering ecstasy rema