3AM: wonder, paranoia and the restless night

14 Dec 2013 – 2 Mar 2014

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

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Wales, United Kingdom


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  • Canton Library
  • Ninian Park
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Francis Alÿs, Tonico Lemos Auad, Jordan Baseman, Sandra Cinto, Dorothy Cross, Dornith Doherty, Anthony Goicolea, Marc Hulson, Rachel Kneebone, Nathan Mabry, Michael Palm & Willi Dorner, Hirsch Perlman, Ed Pien, Lucy Reynolds, Sophy Rickett, Paul Rooney, Anj Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Danny Treacy, Bettina von Zwehl and Tom Wood Bleary-eyed sleepers woken up to be photographed, prowling coyotes caught on specialist digital cameras, and a helicopter spotlight searching the night time waters for a missing person. These are just some of the highlights of this exhibition curated by Angela Kingston and toured from The Bluecoat in Liverpool this autumn. The exhibition features 22 UK and international artists, including Francis Alÿs, Sophy Rickett, and Fred Tomaselli, and includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video, some made especially for the show. The exhibition demonstrates how this particular nocturnal hour has captured the imagination of artists. They explore various themes — psychological, sociological, natural and astronomical — to capture something of the strangeness of the night and the extraordinary range of emotions, states and experiences it witnesses. The featured artworks show teenagers running wild and free, a woman's rapture at the cosmos, a man quite alone and afraid, the steely imaginings of a frightened child, and an emboldened fox. A 100-page anthology for insomniacs, featuring contemporary and historic night-related material and illustrations of artworks has been produced to accompany the exhibition and is available for purchase from the Gallery and Box Office. 3AM is a Bluecoat touring exhibition.


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