On some future, a solo exhibition by artist, Dave Miko running at Lodos Gallery from September 18 to November 15, 2015, presented a series of paintings collectively titled ‘future weather’. The press release is short and light; a musing for the works, which are placed at different frequencies around the room:
“It’s strange how something massively experienced, an ordinary topic, is contemplated as informal discourse. Small talk. And how do we speak of something that is always there no matter what?
With short sentences, short pauses, and simple adjectives.”
Painted on 8 x 8 lightweight aluminium sheets, they feel unlabored and candid; the brush strokes look as though a finger has carved its way through the surface. Their placements are unassuming; some hide behind a staircase, others are perched closer to the ceiling than the floor, and one is still in a plastic wrapper.
Mimicking the language of smartphone photography, they are spontaneous and immediate in their attempt to capture something fleeting. The 13 paintings recycle the same title becoming a variation on the same reflection. A few are labelled in brackets as “oil barrel”, “flooded desert”, “bird bats”, “cactus flower”, and “missing square”, and contaminate the the abstract, slightly romantic style.
The works in On some future seem split between language and aesthetic; the latter a pleasing suspension that places the installation between an escape towards a carpe diem from the weight of a demoralized prediction.**
Exhibition photos, top right.