Simon Schubert

Simon Schubert

September 9 - October 18, 2015


Foley Gallery is pleased to present German artist Simon Schubert’s first solo New York exhibition, Multa Nocte.

The show’s namesake, Multa Nocte, means “deep in the night” or “deepest night” in Latin.  Inspired and gravely influenced by the architecture related to Edgar Allan Poe, Schubert sources the author’s known residences as well as the storied descriptions of interiors and exteriors from his most well known writings, including The Fall of the House of Usher.   The gallery will be set in a complete paper installation, with graphite paper and graphite pictures adorning the left wall and white, folded paper and folded pictures on the right wall.

Works created for the exhibition do not intend to be precise illustrations as much as they are a reflection of the mood of Poe’s tales and dark views of his historic residences. The exteriors are rendered in charcoal as if seen by night.  They are often alight with a fire from within, sometimes out of control. The interiors, both meditative and haunting in white folded paper, embrace an exquisite elegance, while channeling Poe’s dark creepiness.

The style of Schubert’s interiors remain influenced by 19th Century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi, who employed low-key tones of grays to create a somber interior environment. Schubert works with similar tonalities, focusing on the scenes incoming natural window light and the shadows that play on his paper floors and walls. We step into these interiors both meditative and haunting, embracing their elegance while searching for meaning and our place in the world. 

Simon Schubert (b. 1976) lives and works in Cologne, Germany. From 1997 to 2004 he trained at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in the sculpture class of Irmin Kamp. He is best known for creating intricate works by meticulously creasing a single sheet of paper into flattened images of real or imagined interiors. Typically grand, the ballrooms, coffered ceilings, stately staircases, mirrored corridors, and doorways he depicts are realistic yet illusory. Void of any human trace, they reflect notions of isolation, loneliness, and loss.

Multa Nocte will remain on view through October 18, 2015.  Foley Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 – 6pm.  To request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or info@foleygallery.com.


Joseph Desler Costa

Joseph Desler Costa

October 21 - November 28, 2015


Extreme Learning Machine  An Extreme Learning Machine or ELM is a type of computer AI design based upon the human nervous system. ELM learning capacity is non-linear as it is based on algorithms that mimic and replicate experience. An ELM, in essence, learns to learn rather than to be programmed. My work is very much a processed based labor as I attempt to learn back, mimic, yet humanize the visual language made possible by machine and imaging softwares.

STATEMENT  My compositions attempt to recreate the texture of a reality that has widened and opened via our ever-present screens and devices. A reality where the digitally constructed and altered image imposes itself on our notions and understandings of space, place, intimacy and desire. Recent works physically mimic this digital reality by using in camera techniques, cut paper and studio constructions to reflect a condition in which identity and desire are fluid from one moment to the next, and where everything one wants is always available, at any moment, forever. Here, the individual is secondary to the material he or she sees and collects, and individual character is supplemented and replaced by the infinite elements available to us. Objects of mass production and consumption become vehicles for transcendence and beauty as they are re-contextualized and reshaped. Our temporal experiences exist in a state of constant flux, shifting between a physical reality, and the seduction and distraction of the more desirable illusions forever presented and available to us. I am interested in a hyper-stylized image that exists in a liminal state between a solid specific and glitteringly generality. These circular photographic narratives, undercut by strangeness and artifice, are just abstract enough to be simultaneously melancholic and sublime. 

BIO  Joseph Desler Costa lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Florence, Italy. His photographs and films re-contextualize objects, symbols and their meanings in a post-internet world reshaped by interconnectivity, screens, constant access and desire. Works have been exhibited at Arsenale Venezia, Italy, the International Center of Photography, New York, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR, Sala de Arte Moderna, Santiago, Chile and Camera Club of New York as well as appearing in the The New York Times Magazine, Visual Studies Workshop Journal, and Musee Magazine. A visiting faculty member at Florence University of the Arts, teaching in the departments of Film, New Media and Photography, Costa studied Film at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba, UIC in Chicago, and holds a MFA from ICP Bard College in New York.  In 2014, Costa co-found the artist-run publishing collective, Silent Face Projects.


Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen

December 9, 2015 - January 24, 2016


Information coming soon.