In Search of Lost Time

In Search of Lost Time

Dreamsong presents a group exhibition attempting to untangle, comprehend, and withstand our bewildering contemporary chronos

The COVID-19 pandemic has reordered our collective sense of time, leaving us stranded in a present steeped in temporal paradox and uncertainty. People invoke the ‘last year’ as though the pandemic hasn’t entered its nineteenth grueling month, its future course subject to the epidemiological caprice of mutating variants and the mercenary tactics of the anti-vax movement. Time before COVID appears far enough away to be alienating – possessing the tempos and cadences of some other civilizational order – especially as social upheaval and demands for racial and environmental justice magnify the precarity of our current moment. The time of lockdowns, isolation orders, and imminent mortal threat is a half-remembered morass of days both shorter and longer than it seems possible for them to have been.

Taking these chronological fault lines as its subject, In Search of Lost Time is born of the impulse to untangle, comprehend, and withstand our bewildering contemporary chronos. In works by Leslie Barlow, Regan Golden, David Goldes, Alexa Horochowski, Nathan Hylden, Shana Kaplow, Jovan C. Speller and Panos Tsagaris, order is imposed through repetition and seriality; close, careful seeing proves an antidote to anxiety and monotony; experimentation nods to the future unknown; celestial emblems of timelessness offer solace and perspective; and kairos – critical moments of action – are brought into relief.

Please join us for the opening reception on October 15th, 5-8pm at Dreamsong. As per our current COVID policy, we will require attendees to wear masks while indoors.

Image: Shana Kaplow. Speculatively Into The Sun (detail), 2021. Ink and acrylic on paper mounted on Dibond (in 40 parts). 48 1/2 x 90 1/2 inches.

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