Night Gallery is thrilled to present Euphoric Recall, an exhibition of new works by Marisa Takal. This is the artist’s third exhibition at the gallery.
Takal’s paintings and sculptures concern our idiosyncratic yet routine systems of organization, exploring how each of us make sense of our chaotic worlds, both internal and external. Using vivid colors overlaid with graphic flourishes and bold handmade stenciled texts, Takal’s paintings assemble varied motifs into collapsing patterns that brightly echo the repetition, exhaustion, and small triumphs of everyday life. “Euphoric recall” is a psychological term that describes our tendency to remember past experiences in a purely positive light, while omitting all negative associations. Takal’s Euphoric Recall is an investigation of the way we connect to ourselves, each other, and the systems we live in.
Throughout the paintings, vignettes of Takal’s inner world appear: a corner of a bedroom in one painting, a cluster of trees from a birch forest in another, both rendered with curious optimism. Each painting becomes a mirror into the self, both of Takal’s and the viewers’. These images serve as portals into dissociative fantasies, illustrations of the artist’s own coping mechanisms and the often fragmented and nonlinear nature of our own mental spaces. The intimate memories reflected in these exuberant compositions provide a deeply empathic experience for the viewer, the visual equivalent of a reassuring squeeze, an open-hearted ear.