I am pleased announce that my work (including the above sculpture called "sleep" and 4 drawings from the insomnia series) will be included in Sleepless Nights at Galerie Hubert Winter in Vienna, Austria. Curated by Abigail Solomon-Godeau, this exhibition is part of a city wide project called The Century of the Bed from Curated By_Vienna.
Here is an excerpt from Beatriz Columna's essay The Century of the Bed:
The Century of the Bed
by Beatriz Colomina
In what is probably now a conservative estimate, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that 80% of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed. Millions of dispersed beds are taking over from concentrated office buildings. The boudoir is defeating the tower. Networked electronic technologies have removed any limit to what can be done in bed. It is not just that the bed/office has been made possible by new media. Rather new media is designed to extend a 100-year-old dream of domestic connectivity to millions of people. The city has moved into the bed.
How did we get here?
Industrialization brought with it the 8 hour shift and the radical separation between home and office/ factory, rest and work, night and day. Post-industrialization collapses work back into the home and takes it further into the bedroom and into the bed itself. Fantasmagoria is no longer lining the room in wallpaper, fabric, images, and objects. It is now in the electronic devices. The whole universe is concentrated on a small screen with the bed floating in an infinite sea of information. To lie down is not to rest but to move. The bed is now a site of action.
Between the bed inserted in the office and the office inserted in the bed a whole new horizontal architecture has taken over. It is magnified by the “flat” networks of social media that have themselves been fully integrated into the professional, business and industrial environment in a collapse of traditional distinctions between private and public, work and play, rest and action.
What is the architecture of this new space and time? What is the nature of this new interior in which we have decided collectively to check ourselves in? What is the architecture of this prison in which night and day, work and play are no longer differentiated and we are permanently under surveillance, even as we sleep in the control booth?*
The exhibitions within the framework of curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed address these questions and raise new ones. The individual projects offer insight into the diverse artistic investigations with this topic, but also into different kinds of curatorial practices.
*Read the unabridged version of Beatriz Colomina’s essay in the publication, which will be published on the occasion of the opening of curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed and contains contributions of all participating curators and galleries.