Visual Arts

waters of night

— exhibition by Pádraig Timoney

21.01 — 08.04.23
Galeria Zé dos Bois

January 21 6pm

Monday to Saturday
6pm to 10pm

On January 21 2023, Galeria Zé dos Bois will open waters of night, Pádraig Timoney’s first solo exhibition in Portugal.

Presenting about thirty works, which occupy the two floors of the gallery, including mirrors materialized by himself and canvases, Timoney brings to Lisbon a new nuance of his research on the construction of the image.

At the core of Pádraig Timoney’s practice is an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics of image-making – each canvas represents its own investigation into the ways images are constructed, or reconstructed through painting. Resisting a singular style, Timoney’s works are instead united in approach; each painting aims to seamlessly connect a chosen image with both material and process. Often inventing new processes as a result, the works function as an index or record of decisions made, while reveling in the shortcomings in the medium itself. By including the errors of translation and the faultiness of recognition, abstraction and figuration never seem too far apart, often appearing on the verge of collapsing into one another. Through these divergent modes, his exhibitions in turn document a specific duration of time and research in the studio, rather than a traditional artistic thesis.

Natxo Checa and Gérard Faggionato have been following Pádraig Timoney’s new work in the studio since early 2022, leading this process to the first collaboration between Galeria Zé dos Bois and Indipendenza (Rome), where the exhibition waters of night was on view from October 28, 2022 to January 7, 2023.

On the opening day, we welcome JG Wilkes (Optimo) for a DJ set at the Aquarium.

Pádraig Timoney

Pádraig Timoney (b. 1968, Derry, Ireland) lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions of his work include Lulu, Mexico City, 2018, There was a Study Done, Cleopatras, Brooklyn, 2017, a lu tiempo de…, curated by Alessandro Rabbotini, Museo Madre, Naples, 2014, and Fontwell Helix Feely, Raven Row, London, 2013. Timoney has participated in numerous group exhibitions, which include Lisa Jo, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Lukas Quietzsch, Pádraig Timoney at Downer Berlin, Markers, David Zwirner, London, 2017, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2016. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museo Madre, Naples, the Arts Council England, and the Arts Council Ireland, among others.

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