Verklarte Nacht

Laura Berger, Genevieve Cohn, Jonathan Ryan, Alexis Jang, Sasha Ferré

28th January – 25th February 2023



MONTI8 is thrilled to announce Verklarte Nacht, featuring the works of Laura Berger, Genevieve Cohn, Jonathan Ryan, Alexis Jang and Sasha Ferré.

These five artists challenge the traditional musical, literary and artistic genre of the nocturne, primarily spread in the XVIII century, and they merge in the blue shades of night recreating the atmosphere of the darkest hours, constantly reinventing reality through the encounter and overlap between the oneiric and natural realm.

The exhibition is based on the poem of the German author Richard Dehmel, included in his work  Wein unde Welt (1896), and the Shonberg symphonic piece inspired by it.

Each artist reflects on the theme of night, creating romantic and intense nocturnal paintings made by a dark palette build mainly on the tones of the blue.

Laura Berger focuses on the psychic phenomena of sleep by representing a sort of anthropomorphic night. The night-time gives space to the unconscious and a second life begins in dreams. The mystical and archaic vibe of Genevieve Cohn‘s painting represents the night as a mysterious and somehow magical woman in the work, like in the work How to Hold a Story. A similar space-time suspension surrounds the work of Jonathan Ryan, who depicts a terraced landscape under a starry sky, a desert area with no men nor women. The fictional landscape of Emerald Mesa, for example, is a metaphysical and tactile place. Alexis Jang instead, with her vivid and bright painting, creates surrealistic nocturnes whit strange figure indiscreetly peering into viewers’ eyes. Once again everything is possible overnight, and the boundaries between imagination and reality are blurred. In the end, in the work Fluence (Blue), Sasha Ferré seems to dissect the night atmosphere into tiny particles, as if she were looking through the darkness with a microscopic and yet cosmic gaze.

All these works reframe and update a classic theme such as the nocturne, merging ancient and modern references.