Multiple Singular brings together two artists whose work describes how
multiple signifiers may illuminate an unknown by pointing to one singular
reality/truth/identity/definition, but one that shifts according to the
movement of its known elements.
When something is unknown, its identity shifts according to the movements
and relationships among its multiple known signifiers.
About the work of Kevin Dacey: email
Kevin Dacey’s photographs of people strip away almost all detail around
the figures leaving a white ground lacking significant architectural cues.
Blurred and obscured these abstracted subjects congregate and overlap in
dynamic moments and mergers that describe a spaces that are invisible.
The lack of specific features of both figure and ground proposes a space
based in moment, rather than location. Framed with and without glass, and
even mounted without frames, Dacey’s variations of surface furthers the
situational aspect of viewing by allowing a viewer’s own body to influence
the interpretation of space.
About the work of Chris Nau: email
Chris Nau’s paintings are clear representations of unknown structural
abstractions. The space these forms inhabit is as real as a painting will
allow. Some appear to be flying, while others rest on suspicious ground.
Yet their carefully described parts and painted details point to an
unknown but intimated purpose. To further loosen notions of fact and
fiction in his paintings, many of them have had portions removed, broken
or cut away. The patched areas insert a new physical reality into the
image and the hierarchy of the painting is forced to accept a new layer.
Something has happened inside the painting not of the illusory variety.
Rather, the newest edition to the image emphasizes where the interface
between truth and fiction begins.