FOLD Gallery London is pleased to announce the continuation of their programme of solo shows. These consist of two separate solo shows that run simultaneously, presenting two separate bodies of work within the same space. However, there is no major physical divide within the gallery to set them apart.
The intention is to present the viewer with a unique opportunity to form their own conclusions regarding the relationships between the separate shows. The hope is that the gallery, rather than intervening, is acting as a catalyst for these events to unfold.
Dan Davis – Sodium Vapour Night Light
The notion of a Sodium Vapour Night Light, came about when the artist arrived home late one night after a long day in the studio. His bedroom window was permeated with a deep orange glow emanating from the streetlights below. The white blinds in the window obscured full view and the condensation on the glass refracted the light in a pleasingly hellish vision. Davis re-creates this in the gallery, as its’ reminiscent of how film set windows were often never really windows to the outside, but windows to a re-creation of the outside.
This continues Davis’ pre-occupation with a broader Ballardian view that all signs and codes of civilization were set-like in their exchangeability and ripeness for dismantlement. This coupled with an awareness of art display as a staged event. ‘While these tenets relay more than a hint of cynicism, I prefer to take the opposite sentiment, in that awareness of this can open up a potential for art as a psychological/imaginative realm.’
Sodium Vapour Night Light contains paintings and sculpture from a disparate engagement the artist has with both Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brief foray into science-fiction in World on a Wire (1973), and the notion of the ‘executive’ figure in late-capitalist western commerce.
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