oil and acrylic on wood
33" x 45"
Regular Price: $5,000
Discounted Price: $2500
Nocturne (2022) belongs to a body of work, collectively called Dream Diagrams, that delves into my children’s sleep, bedtime, and dreams. The paintings are all set in the temporal zone beginning at sunset and ending with sunrise. The paintings respond to experiences helping our older son cope with nightmares, my wife breastfeeding our younger son at night, the difficult maze of sleep training a baby, and my own challenges with sleep as a parent. These paintings feel especially fitting to me because I do most of my studio work at night, after my kids go to bed. I converted our garage into a studio and generally paint until after midnight, stealing additional daytime hours whenever I can fit them into my family responsibilities. Working at night to make nocturnal paintings makes sense to me and has become a way to distill the day’s tumult into a reflective process.
Bio Daniel Gerwin is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. His 2019 solo show was reviewed in the LA Times, and his work has been written about in Frieze, ArtCritical, Hyperallergic, and other publications. He has curated three exhibitions in Los Angeles, taught painting, drawing, and theory, and his writings on contemporary art can be found in Artforum, Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic, as well as catalog essays and other exhibition texts. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, his BA from Yale University, and has taught at University of California Davis, University of the Arts, University of Iowa, and University of Pennsylvania. In 2004 he was awarded a residency at Blue Mountain Center, and in 2016 he was a Resident Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.