Mira Dancy, Derek Fordjour, Paul Heyer, Wanda Koop
Night Gallery presents Afterlife, a presentation of work by Mira Dancy, Derek Fordjour, Paul Heyer, Wanda Koop, and Claire Tabouret, organized around an exploration of the hereafter.
An installation by Paul Heyer is the exhibition's central pivot: a circle of brooms hangs from the ceiling, blackened and dotted with white seashells, evoking the celestial pathway to the heavens. Playful and earnest, the piece suggests human struggle and dreams of a world beyond.
On the walls we find works by Derek Fordjour on newspaper-mounted canvases, appearing like memories receding into the past. The recycled materials' distortion beneath layers of paint implies transformation over time.
Next are ethereal paintings by Wanda Koop. Countless layers of paint suggest infinite depth, but the images are intercepted by massive drips of vibrant color on the outermost layer, placing the space at an otherworldly distance.
Works by Claire Tabouret depict scenes that appear like lost histories restored to life, eternal and enigmatic.
Finally, work by Mira Dancy proposes new icons for the mythology of the underworld, women warriors depicted in stark shapes and vibrant colors. Though they belongs in the realm of goddesses, their sensuous body lead us back into to the corporeal present.
Afterlife approaches mortality with an open mind, presenting high dramas amid intimate reminiscences and optimistic daydreams alongside mournful reveries.
Mira Dancy (b. 1979) received her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2009, and her B.A. from Bard College in 2001. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Chapter NY, New York; Galerie Hussenot, Paris; Lumber Room, Portland, OR; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. In 2015 she was included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1. Dancy’s work has been covered in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, Vogue, Kaleidoscope, and ArtNews, among other publications. She is based in New York.
Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee to parents of Ghanaian heritage. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Sotheby's S2 Gallery, New York; Nina Johnson Gallery, Los Angeles; Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles; and Galleria Monica DeCardenas, Switzerland. He will be having his first solo exhibition with Night Gallery in January 2019. He was awarded 2016 Sugarhill Museum Artist-in-Residence, 2017 C12 Emerging Artist Award and the 2017 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting at Hunter College. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic and Brooklyn Rail. He has also been featured in several publications such as Forbes Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated and VICE Creators. He frequently serves as a Visiting Critic and Lecturer, most recently at Yale University School of Art and The Cooper Union. His work also appears in several collections throughout the US and Europe including JP Morgan Chase collection and Dallas Museum of Art.
Paul Heyer (b. 1982, Chicago) received his MFA from Columbia University in 2009. He is represented in Los Angeles by Night Gallery, and in New York by Chapter NY. His work has also been exhibited at Andrea Rosen, New York; Shane Campbell, Chicago; and Rodeo, Istanbul. His solo exhibition Chicago Works: Paul Heyer was on view in Spring 2018 at the MCA Chicago, where he had previously been included in group shows. His work has been written about in Artforum, The New York Times and FlashArt. Heyer lives and works in Chicago.
Wanda Koop (b. 1951, Vancouver) lives and works Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she has been based since early childhood. Her painting career spans four decades and includes a major survey of her work mounted by the National Gallery of Canada in 2011. Koop has exhibited across Canada and the US, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. Koop has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary doctorates, and Canadian medals of honor, including the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada, in 2006. Her life and work have been the subject of several documentary films.
Claire Tabouret (b. 1981 Pertuis, France) received her B.F.A. the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 2006 and studied at Cooper Union in 2005. She has had recent exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris; Collection Lambert, Avignon; Villa Medici, Rome, Italy; The YUZ Museum, Shanghai; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy; The Drawing Center, New York; Galerie Bugada & Cargnel, Paris; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Saint-Lô; the Palazzo Grassi, Venice; the Maison Guerlain, Paris; and the Galerie du Jour Agnès b, Paris. Her work has been acquired by major collections and is notably part the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Pinault Collection, Agnès b, and FRAC Auvergne, among others. Tabouret lives and works in Los Angeles.