FiveMyles ground floor location makes it possible to show live art under sound social distancing conditions. The rolling gate to our Plus/Space opens up, allowing anyone walking on the sidewalk to see the exhibition through the second, open-work steel gate. In this way, the exhibition is safely visible from outside the gallery.
In this installation, Jimenez and Schwartz use textiles to create diaphanous horizontal bars that extend from wall to wall. These strips of color are staggered so that from the front view they appear as a gradient of nearly immaterial, warm colors. Hushed tones drift in and out of edited field recordings of the turning of the day.
The artists create a room inspired by the sense of pause, grief, reflection, and care that arrive with the day’s end. The time of sunset has taken on new significance lately. It marks the end of another day during the pandemic and uprisings in New York. The NY landscape is immersed with information, sirens, warnings, fireworks, and uncertainty on one hand, and on the other, a sense that something is on the way, through gatherings, protests, marches, and vigils. The end of day may mark the change of another risky shift for weary ‘essential workers,’ or a time to set down daily work and gather in the streets to mourn or cry out for change, or a time to seek out the few loved ones we depend upon for closeness and affection in these moments of unknowns.