TONIGHT is a non-thematic group exhibition featuring over fifty artists, curated by Paul O’Neill. Each artist has been invited to contribute a singular work that documents a specific process of production employed on a particular night.
Artlab – C. Cullinan + J. Richards
Cornford & Cross
Bob and Roberta Smith
TONIGHT explores art as an act of ‘killing time’, passing the night away, doing something, perhaps mundane, maybe obsessive, but always about making the passage of time material. TONIGHT is a gathering together of the results of a selection of things that have been done. The exhibition is accompanied by a user manual/ poster work designed by Liam Gillick with a list of these acts, each act corresponding with a work on display.
TONIGHT will represent a kind of over-sensitized and playful ‘Atmosphere Room’. Two of the gallery walls will be covered with ‘back-ground’ works: a newly designed wall painting by Liam Gillick and Kathrin Böhm’s ever expanding work and millions and millions, which uses multiple combinations of brightly coloured posters, will provide a sensory backdrop for other works. The gallery will perform as a container of ideas, each flowing into, over and on top of each other. Installed from ceiling to floor with every wall, ceiling, floor and surface occupied by the artists’ works. Dividing the space will be a functional display structure that will sit just below eye level and house many of the video, audio and sculptural works, allowing the viewer to see the entire exhibition at one time.
TONIGHT derives its title from a piece by Pavel Büchler featured in the show. Büchler found a day-glo pink sticker displaying the word “tonight” which had fallen off a poster for an unknown event. Büchler copied and enlarged the sticker to produce a fly-poster, which was put up on and around public sites. The poster advertised nothing other than the word depicted. TONIGHT is an exhibition in response to Büchler’s invitation to take part in the doing of something ‘tonight’.
Supported by Arts Council England, London; Cultural Relations Committee, Ireland and Furnival Press.
Dr. Paul O’Neill is an artist, curator, educator and writer based in Bristol and New York. He is the new Director of the Graduate Program at Bard Centre for Curatorial Studies, New York. Paul has co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects across the world including: The Curatorial Timeshare, Enclave, London (since 2012); Last Day, Cartel Gallery, London (2012); Our Day Will Come, Part of Iteration: Again,Hobart, Tasmania (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute, Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART, Amsterdam (2009); Making Do, The Lab, Dublin (2007); General Idea: Selected Retrospective, Project, Dublin (2006); Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London, (2004); Are We There Yet? Glassbox, Paris (2000) and Passports, Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1998). He has held lecturing positions on the MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College, London and Visual Culture at Middlesex University amongst others. He currently international research fellow with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, and international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Programme.
Tonight, curated by Paul O’Neill, 2004. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of Paul O’Neill, the artists, and Studio Voltaire, London.