Maureen Paley opens 'An Apparent Brightness' by Esther Pearl Watson at Morena di Luna

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, May 30, 2024

Maureen Paley opens 'An Apparent Brightness' by Esther Pearl Watson at Morena di Luna
Esther Pearl Watson, The Fleet is Supportive, 2022, paint on panel, 20.3 × 25.4 cm.

HOVE.- Maureen Paley is presenting An Apparent Brightness by Esther Pearl Watson at Morena di Luna, Hove. This is her second exhibition at the gallery and her first to be featured at the Hove space.

“In this new body of work, I have concentrated on assorted drawings, paintings and ceramics anchored in an immersive mixed media installation. This work uses folk vernacular and abstraction to make a fragile gesture towards a perhaps hopeful new reality.

The focal point of the exhibition is a bright and colourful immersive walk-in screen structure that is also the source of the show’s title, An Apparent Brightne­­ss.

Many of the paintings in the show include serene moments as children run through fields of dandelions. Metallic objects as well as flattened angels reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts hover in the atmosphere. We find meteors piercing the Earth’s atmosphere, they become shooting stars, burning, and breaking toward their new form. Everyone depicted seems oblivious to what is happening above them.

The wall of bookcases within the exhibition space contains over twenty melon-sized meteorites made from earthenware (terra cotta and obsidian) like scientific artefacts. They look like otherworldly chunks that fell through a colour splattered atmosphere of glitter, dust and silver leaf. Many have pink or golden tassels resembling some type of invasive species or perhaps ocean life on coral rock. Some of the stones with tufts seem to literally illustrate the Greek etymology for comets as being ‘long-haired’. The largest of the sculptures sits like a testament to an otherworldly experience and is titled after Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), the mediaeval visionary who contributed many early writings about the cosmos, drawings, paintings, manuscripts, and music that have inspired me.

It reminds me of how my father emails me descriptions of his own visions of angels. To him they are like a muse that inspires his drawings of flying saucers. I have to believe that what he experiences is real to him, even though I cannot share his experience. The idea of an object existing in one body in space, but on earth in another, is a reoccurring investigation in the various works. This double reality speaks to the post-pandemic world I find myself living in.

In a time where misinformation lives alongside scientific facts, where some are vaccinated and others mistrust vaccines, and safety guidelines constantly shift, everyone constructs their own fragmented rules to navigate. The news is so full of crisis and at some point, panic fatigue sets in. Living in Los Angeles, I find for myself one constant: I cling to gratitude for the small things I have learned during the pandemic and hope that we can overcome our worst nature to build something brighter for the future.”

Esther Pearl Watson

Esther Pearl Watson (b. 1973, Frankfurt, Germany) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include The Magical Mystery Tour Returns, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (2021); Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, The Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA (2021); Dream Believer, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Wisconsin, USA (2019); Mothership, Maureen Paley, London (2019). Additionally, her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Rural Elements, Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview, Plainview, Texas, USA (2019); The Moon: Eternal Pearl, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, Massachusetts, USA (2019); Atrium, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2015) and Sky, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California USA (2014).

Today's News

May 22, 2022

Italy says ancient statue in U.S. museum was stolen, not lost at sea

Spectacular View of Verona worth £11 million at risk of leaving UK

RM Sotheby's sells the most valuable car in the eorld for €135 million

Astrup Fearnley Museet opens an exhibition dedicated to the work of Synnøve Anker Aurdal

Exhibition features four painters who were active in Los Angeles or the Bay Area in the 1950s and 1960s

Rediscovered Imperial Chinese seal emerges at auction after 3 decades on family bookshelf in France

Vangelis, composer best known for 'Chariots of Fire,' dies at 79

Vitra Design Museum hosts The Luis Barragán Archive

Regen Projects opens its first exhibition with Kevin Beasley

Pair of silver thrones from India go on view at the Nelson-Atkins

Marshall Arisman, illustrator who found beauty in violence, dies at 83

Largest exhibition to date dedicated to the artist, activist, educator, and founder of El Museo del Barrio opens in N.Y.

Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York transports visitors to pre-digital New York

Museum of London opens new display celebrating city's sporting hero Harry Kane

Templon opens an exhibition of works by Valerio Adami

Maureen Paley opens 'An Apparent Brightness' by Esther Pearl Watson at Morena di Luna

Huis Marseille opens an exhibition of polaroids by Dana Lixenberg

Heritage, diversification and breakthrough: Poly Auction Hong Kong celebrates its 10th auctions anniversary

Kenneth Welsh, memorable as a villain on 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 80

In Milan, an iconic stadium isn't going down without a fight

Scientists uncover a shady web of online spider sales

Maison Caillebotte opens the door to a little known, even secret, history of modernism in Portugal

New monograph by Finbarr O'Reilly, Carmignac Photojournalism Award laureate: 'Congo, A Sublime Struggle'

Michael Armitage debuts an ambitious group of new paintings at Kunsthalle Basel

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful