There once was a tadpole who lived in a purple pond. As the weather turned warmer and the pond started to dry the tadpole knew the end was near. One night, he started experiencing flashes of brilliant streams of color. He met other tadpoles with the same condition and together they swam in circles making rainbow cum. Over time, his dreams became stickier and more vivid until one night, after the sun had set, the pond dried and he was no more.
Night Gallery presents “Ponding Purple Grass,” a solo exhibition by Paul Waddell. Using a spectrum of color, Paul Waddell paints an alternate world across six different canvases. Within these psychedelic landscapes, nude bodies form a multi-limbed union with a muscular thrust. Mouths and butt holes fold into varied layers of paint, while blades of purple sharpee separate red from green and green from blue. These body-forms are absorbed by an ectoplasm that radiates bands of wildness. The resulting eruption becomes the orgiastic fertilizer for Waddell's imagined afterlife.
In addition to his paintings, Paul Waddell will also screen an original sci-fi, horror film titled “Speculative Clone Planet.” The film follows two lost 'indoor clones' who encounter a strange old man that holds the secret to their origin. As with his paintings, Waddell's film explores the speculative methodology behind fictional world-building.