“Up All Night: Work From the Insomnia Project” opens at the Burt Chernow Galleries in Lafayette Hall at Housatonic Community College on Thursday, Feb. 28 and continues through Friday, March 22.
This exhibition, which is free and open to the public has been curated by Robbin Zella and features the work of installation artist Gil Scullion of Middletown. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 28, between 5 and 7 p.m.
Up All Night is inspired from the sleep disorders that the artist has wrestled with for several years. Although the project is not a first-person record of tossing and turning, it nevertheless is inspired by Scullion’s interest in sleeplessness.
This theme evolved through the recognition of insomnia’s intriguing formal relationships, especially its foundation as a presence defined by an absence. After all, insomnia is the absence of sleep, which is itself the absence of consciousness. So while autobiographical information is integrated into the structure of the installation the elements are manipulated with an emphasis on their formal characteristics.
The project incorporates five different but related sets of work, “Wake Me Shake Me,” “Sheet-Sheep-Sleep,” “00-60,” “Not Just Another Good Night’s Sleep” and “It’s the Same Thing Every Night.” Each of the five bodies of work was conceived as an independent piece, but they are cumulative as well, in effect, flexible modules that create a profoundly more dramatic work over time.
Each exhibition utilizes a different set of elements while each new installation is expressly tailored to engage with each new physical space. It is the most comprehensive installation of the project to date.
For more information about the exhibit, visit housatonicmuseum.org.