Michelle Jaffé, Marta Jovanović and Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos “Come to Bed!”
BOSI Contemporary, NYC
March 25st – April 25th
BOSI Contemporary is presenting Come to Bed! a group exhibition curated by Roya Sachs featuring the works of three female artists, Michelle Jaffé, Marta Jovanović and Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos.
Come To Bed! explores the theme of communication in the sphere of bed by recreating the most intimate space of all in a gallery. From pillow talk, self-reflection, to technology that feeds the need to stay connected, three female artists each creates her own intimate environment and reorients ideas of time and space.
Lasting the entirety of the show, performance artist Marta Jovanović invites audience to get into bed and have a one on one pillow talk with with her about whatever their heart desires, for however long they choose, in her long durational piece Pillow Talk that lasts the entirety of the show. During the gallery hours when audience members are not in her bed, Jovanović continues her normal rhythm of life, working, eating, reading and watching TV in bed, all within the gallery space. The concept alludes to the intimate secrecy that is shared during the act, but also referring to the ideas of revelation. The concept alludes to the intimate secrecy that is shared during the act, but also referring to the ideas of revelation.
Visual artist Michelle Jaffé’s installation invites audience members to lie on her bed and put on one of three headphones that are strewn across it. The viewer is then able to hear the artist’s thoughts that have been recorded but not scripted. This drifting of thoughts that invites our unconscious to open, is the realm in which Jaffé invites the listener to learn about her. A series of paper works focusing on the sound frequencies of the recording are also on display, as well as aluminum rod sculptures that lay in a cloud-like formation above the bed, replicating the frenzied thoughts of the mind.
Media artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos’ abstract installation “…No more…” entails a large human sized neon sign above the bed saying #SLEEP. It is overpowering and enveloping with its bright light preventing the individual from sleeping and referring to the constant invasive stream of social media and technology. Several other neon signs are dotted across the wall, referring to phrases and signs of our youth’s popular culture and addiction to communicate through technology, in every forum and place of life.