Night Gallery is pleased to present Beyond Oy Too Scared to Ha-Ha, an exhibition of new work
by Los Angeles-based artist Marisa Takal. This will be her second solo exhibition at Night Gallery.
Takal creates landscapes of places, times, interiors, intestines, disillusions, and emotions.
Keys, legends, scales and languages guide us through disquieting planes. Quivering colors
carve inconsistent foregrounds and backgrounds. Scenes seen through the eyes, bootlegged
in the brain, and then painted and painted and painted with both hands until it’s reached its
conclusion. Takal’s inconsistent hands mix modes of representation as she works against
rules of color and design. She endeavors to work as unselfconsciously as possible—
impulsively and without inhibitions as a means of finding the picture. The paintings become
Rashomon narratives of meals eaten, car trips taken and neuroses entertained.
Relying on vulnerability, as skilled comedians do, Takal reveals a satire that always
eventually gives way to sincerity. By experimenting with both prehistoric and modern painting
tropes (roughly traced hands, political text), she allows sincerity and satire to oscillate like a joke
setup that never quite reaches a punchline. Having commenced work for her inaugural show
the same week as the presidential inauguration, lively Elysian pastorals thus stand in
subversive contrast to the frustration, anger, and sadness of the gestures that built them.
Beyond Oy Too Scared to Ha-Ha is both a recognition of a world in crisis and a proposal of