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MAJEURE FORCE

MAJEURE FORCE

Majeure Force is a two-part exhibition in our gallery space, opening by appointment on June 27 and August 1. The presentation will include work by Marcel Alcalá, Sarah Awad, Andrea Marie Breiling, Cara Benedetto, Han Bing, Derek Boshier, Josh Callaghan, Cynthia Daignault, Mira Dancy, Ian Davis, Awol Erizku, Derek Fordjour, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Samara Golden, Paul Heyer, Ridley Howard, Tomashi Jackson, JPW3, Wanda Koop, David Korty, Grant Levy-Lucero, Tau Lewis, Anne Libby, Jasmine Little, Rose Marcus, Jesse Mockrin, Robert Nava, Elise Rasmussen, Khari Johnson Ricks, Anna Rosen, Brie Ruais, Sterling Ruby, Melanie Schiff, Elaine Stocki, Claire Tabouret, Marisa Takal, Sean Townley, Christine Wang, Sterling Wells, Kandis Williams, and Andy Woll.

Install 1

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Sterling Wells, Wanda Koop, Claire Tabouret, and Elise Rasmussen. 

The concept of the “Force Majeure” is commonly found in contracts, stipulating that the terms of a given agreement will be suspended due to circumstances beyond either party’s control.  These circumstances include but are not limited to war, strike, natural disasters (legally termed “Acts of God”), and epidemics. Normally relegated to the fine print, the Force Majeure clause has hidden in plain sight, quietly acknowledging the possibility of crisis – and as a result, individuals have not. From the vantage point of sheltered-in-place Spring 2020, the Force Majeure clause takes on an ironic prescience: we did foresee catastrophe – we simply didn’t prepare for it.

Install 2

Installation view of Majeure Force, featuring works by Claire Tabouret, Elise Rasmussen, and David Korty. 

Anna Rosen

Anna Rosen, cup of grace, 2020

2020 marks Night Gallery’s first decade in Los Angeles, and its incredible trajectory has mapped a head-spinning course of history. An anniversary exhibition has long been in the works, bringing together our diverse roster of artists in a celebration of our first ten years, in which we have grown from an artist-run storefront space to a premiere institution for contemporary art’s most exciting voices. Beyond showcasing the brilliance of our artists, our exhibition would pay tribute to the community that has grown around the gallery and continuously supported it, making Night Gallery a locus of imaginative exchange.

Install 3

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Robert Nava, Christine Wang, and Andrea Marie Breiling. 

Content

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Derek Fordjour

Derek Fordjour, Regatta Study, 2020

By March 2020, the whole world had changed, with industries suspended and populations confined to their homes. The long-forgotten clause of Force Majeure now described the times. Through mass confusion and fear in the face of failures of public leadership, one affirming story could still be found: the endurance of creativity – through confinement, despair, and deep uncertainty. Indeed, despite the chaos of our current moment, the persistence and continued imagination of our artists has been a source of comfort and motivation. It is in that spirit, and in the spirit of communal collaboration that has always defined us, that we are pleased to present Majeure Force, an exhibition celebrating Night Gallery’s ten years. The show is named for our current moment, paying tribute to the community that surrounds us through good times and bad, and is a nod to our own role as a major force in the burgeoning art world in Los Angeles, the city we are proud to call home.

Mira Dancy

Mira Dancy, Angel on Edge, 2020

Install 4

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Derek Fordjour, Awol Erizku, Samara Golden, Mira Dancy, and Rose Marcus.

Content

Samara Golden

The most simple thing in the world, 2020

epoxy resin, resin ink, hot glue, epoxy adhesive, acrylic paint, synthetic hair

32 x 21 x 15 in (81.3 x 53.3 x 38.1 cm)

SGO113

Rose Marcus

Red Bush, 2015

inkjet print on adhesive vinyl, MDF, net, silk, velvet

48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

RM009

Claire Tabouret

George and Me (purple), 2020

acrylic, ink and oil on paper

44 x 27 in (111.8 x 68.6 cm)

CT223

Elise Rasmussen

In the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains, 2020

cyanotype on silk

Dimensions variable: 7 parts, each 108 x 48 in (274.3 x 121.9 cm)

ER022

David Korty

Untitled, 2020

colored pencil on paper

19 1/2 x 14 1/4 in (49.5 x 36.2 cm)

DK221

Derek Boshier

America Hands On-gardening and guns, 2019

pencil on paper

27 x 40 in (68.6 x 101.6 cm)

DB238

Sean Townley

Red Ankhhafs, 2016

Powder coated cast aluminum

3 units, each 22 x 22 x 8 in (55.9 x 55.9 x 20.3 cm)

Overall: 22 x 70 x 8 in (55.9 x 177.8 x 20.3 cm)

STO051

Anne Libby

Chameleon, 2020

glazed ceramic, steel, sanded grout

72 x 10 x 10 in (182.9 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)

AL036

Cynthia Daignault

Elegy (Los Angeles), 2019

oil on linen

30 x 45 in (76.2 x 114.3 cm)

CD048

Han Bing

Han Bing, Invalides, 2020

Install 5

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Brie Ruais, Sterling Wells, and Tomashi Jackson. 

Tomashi Jackson

Tomashi Jackson, Temple for Bakari (Shady Grove Church Bombing), 2020

Install 6

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Sean Townley and Anne Libby.

Sean Townley

Sean Townley, Red Ankhhafs, 2016

Content

Content

It feels like a great moment for art to untangle some of the increasing complexity. I think the ability to put form to some of these things is a great release from a diet of simplistic or truncated sound bites that are floating around.

- Anne Libby

Andrea Marie Breiling

Andrea Marie Breiling, Where The Flowers Bloom, 2020

Jesse Mockrin

Jesse Mockrin, Madame, 2020

Wanda Koop

Dreamline (Capitol), 2019

acrylic on canvas

108 x 84 in (274.32 x 213.36 cm)

WK149

Temple for Bakari (Shady Grove Church Bombing), 2020

archival prints on PVC marine vinyl, Pentelic marble dust, acrylic paint, American election flyers, Greek ballot papers, paper bags, muslin

88 x 59 x 10 in (223.5 x 149.9 x 25.4 cm)

TJ015

Brie Ruais

Closing In On Opening Up, 125 lbs (Nevada Site 5), 2020

Glazed stoneware, hardware

87 x 86 x 2 1/2 in (221 x 218.4 x 6.4 cm)

BR018

Cynthia Daignault

Elegy (Los Angeles), 2019

oil on linen

30 x 45 in (76.2 x 114.3 cm)

CD048

Samara Golden

The most simple thing in the world, 2020

epoxy resin, resin ink, hot glue, epoxy adhesive, acrylic paint, synthetic hair

32 x 21 x 15 in (81.3 x 53.3 x 38.1 cm)

SGO113

Christine Wang

Dinosaur, 2020

acrylic on canvas

84 x 108 in (213.4 x 274.3 cm)

CW164

Marcel Alcalá

It's a Battle, 2020

oil on wood panel

18 x 14 x 1 5/8 in (45.7 x 35.6 x 4.1 cm)

MA008

Andrea Marie Breiling

Where The Flowers Bloom, 2020

Flashe, charcoal, aerosol spray

112 1/2 x 82 in (285.8 x 208.3 cm)

AMB036

Mira Dancy

Angel on Edge, 2020

acrylic on canvas

86 x 68 in (218.4 x 172.7 cm)

MD339

Han Bing

Invalides, 2020

oil on linen

56 x 70 in (142.2 x 177.8 cm)

HB036

Jasmine Little
Arjuna’s Question, 2020
stoneware, porcelain, glaze
24 x 17 1/2 x 17 in (61 x 44.5 x 43.2 cm)
JL030
 

Sterling Wells

La Brea Poppies, 2020

watercolor on paper

29 1/2 x 20 3/4 in (74.9 x 52.7 cm)

SW002

Rose Marcus

Red Bush, 2015

inkjet print on adhesive vinyl, MDF, net, silk, velvet

48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

RM009

David Korty

Untitled, 2020

colored pencil on paper

19 1/2 x 14 1/4 in (49.5 x 36.2 cm)

DK221

Elise Rasmussen

In the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains, 2020

cyanotype on silk

Dimensions variable: 7 parts, each 108 x 48 in (274.3 x 121.9 cm)

ER022

JPW3

The Gathering, 2020

UV print on silver foil aluminum with oil pastel and acrylic, framed

97 1/2 x 50 x 1 3/4 in (247.7 x 127 x 4.5 cm)

JPW3251

Derek Boshier

America Hands On-gardening and guns, 2019

pencil on paper

27 x 40 in (68.6 x 101.6 cm)

DB238

Awol Erizku

Ramadan Drawing May 8th, 2019, 2020

incense and oil on archival Stonehenge paper

53 x 41 1/2 x 2 in (134.6 x 105.4 x 5.1 cm)

AE149

Wanda Koop

Dreamline (Capitol), 2019

acrylic on canvas

108 x 84 in (274.32 x 213.36 cm)

WK149

Temple for Bakari (Shady Grove Church Bombing), 2020

archival prints on PVC marine vinyl, Pentelic marble dust, acrylic paint, American election flyers, Greek ballot papers, paper bags, muslin

88 x 59 x 10 in (223.5 x 149.9 x 25.4 cm)

TJ015

Brie Ruais

Closing In On Opening Up, 125 lbs (Nevada Site 5), 2020

Glazed stoneware, hardware

87 x 86 x 2 1/2 in (221 x 218.4 x 6.4 cm)

BR018

Cynthia Daignault

Elegy (Los Angeles), 2019

oil on linen

30 x 45 in (76.2 x 114.3 cm)

CD048

Samara Golden

The most simple thing in the world, 2020

epoxy resin, resin ink, hot glue, epoxy adhesive, acrylic paint, synthetic hair

32 x 21 x 15 in (81.3 x 53.3 x 38.1 cm)

SGO113

Christine Wang

Dinosaur, 2020

acrylic on canvas

84 x 108 in (213.4 x 274.3 cm)

CW164

Marcel Alcalá

It's a Battle, 2020

oil on wood panel

18 x 14 x 1 5/8 in (45.7 x 35.6 x 4.1 cm)

MA008

Andrea Marie Breiling

Where The Flowers Bloom, 2020

Flashe, charcoal, aerosol spray

112 1/2 x 82 in (285.8 x 208.3 cm)

AMB036

Mira Dancy

Angel on Edge, 2020

acrylic on canvas

86 x 68 in (218.4 x 172.7 cm)

MD339

Han Bing

Invalides, 2020

oil on linen

56 x 70 in (142.2 x 177.8 cm)

HB036

Jasmine Little
Arjuna’s Question, 2020
stoneware, porcelain, glaze
24 x 17 1/2 x 17 in (61 x 44.5 x 43.2 cm)
JL030
 

Sterling Wells

La Brea Poppies, 2020

watercolor on paper

29 1/2 x 20 3/4 in (74.9 x 52.7 cm)

SW002

Rose Marcus

Red Bush, 2015

inkjet print on adhesive vinyl, MDF, net, silk, velvet

48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

RM009

David Korty

Untitled, 2020

colored pencil on paper

19 1/2 x 14 1/4 in (49.5 x 36.2 cm)

DK221

Elise Rasmussen

In the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains, 2020

cyanotype on silk

Dimensions variable: 7 parts, each 108 x 48 in (274.3 x 121.9 cm)

ER022

JPW3

The Gathering, 2020

UV print on silver foil aluminum with oil pastel and acrylic, framed

97 1/2 x 50 x 1 3/4 in (247.7 x 127 x 4.5 cm)

JPW3251

Derek Boshier

America Hands On-gardening and guns, 2019

pencil on paper

27 x 40 in (68.6 x 101.6 cm)

DB238

Awol Erizku

Ramadan Drawing May 8th, 2019, 2020

incense and oil on archival Stonehenge paper

53 x 41 1/2 x 2 in (134.6 x 105.4 x 5.1 cm)

AE149

Content

Sterling Wells

Sterling Wells, La Brea Poppies, 2020

Awol Erizku

Awol Erizku, Ramadan Drawing May 8th, 2019, 2020

Jasmine Little

Jasmine Little, Arjuna’s Question, 2020

Install 7

Installation view of Majeure Force, Part One, featuring works by Jasmine Little and Josh Callaghan.