Noelia Towers: Night Visions

Apr 19, 2024 →

Marquez Art Projects is proud to present “Night Visions,” the first solo institutional platform for Barcelona-born, Chicago-based artist Noelia Towers. The exhibition features new and recent paintings, some of them among the artist’s most monumental to date, and sees Towers explore gender, sexuality, and the profound influence of dreams.

Towers’ images, rich with naturalistic details and deliberately cropped for visceral impact, aim to make her recurring dreams accessible to a wider audience. The artist refers to these works as, “conduits for bringing forth the intangible into the tangible world,” so as to provide the viewer means for interpretation. Towers connects dreams to the formation of memory, and her diverse reserve of images spans genres — landscape, architecture, figurative, and narrative — in order to manifest, share and examine her experiences and fears. The resulting paintings, rich with observational power and symbolism, convey both the intimacy of naturalism and the historical and political references of social realism.

A number of the works in “Night Visions” — Bruised Cheek from the Marquez Family Collection, It’s Never Over — delve explicitly into power dynamics, narrating themes of control and sensuality. Capturing fleeting, even shocking moments, Snake Bite and Datura, explore natural phenomena, using scale, color and composition to evoke visceral feeling and complex symbolism. “Bringing the ephemeral visions of our dreams into the waking world, we risk invoking the wrath of unseen force,” says Towers; with this body of work, her highly charged paintings (Incendi) push expressly against convention and reality.

Towers (b. Barcelona) has exhibited her work at de boer, Los Angeles CA; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Half Gallery, NY; Nino Mier Gallery, NY; Swivel Gallery, NY; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Public Works Gallery in Chicago, IL; Grove, London, UK; Roman Road, UK; PM//AM Gallery, London, UK; Stems Gallery, Paris; and de boer, Antwerp, Belgium. Her work is in the collection of ICA Miami.

The exhibition is curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director ICA Miami and MAP Curatorial Advisor.