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MARISA TAKAL

Euphoric Recall

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.

INSTALL 1

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

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.

You live in an apple

Marisa Takal, You Live in an Apple and You Think Your Apple is the World, Do You think about Power everyday?, 2021

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Pro-Holy, I'm Heavy

Marisa Takal, Pro-Holy, I'm Heavy, 2021

Where do you live

Marisa Takal, Where do you Live?, 2021

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Marisa Takal, Retrospective, 2021

Marisa Takal, Retrospective, 2021

Marisa Takal, Retrospective, 2021

Marisa Takal, Retrospective, 2021

Retrospective

Marisa Takal, Retrospective, 2021

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INSTALL 4

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

Faith!

Marisa Takal, Faith!, 2021

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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.

Crisis of Opportunity

Marisa Takal, Crisis of Opportunity, 2021

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INSTALL 3

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

Time and Love

Marisa Takal, Time and Love, 2021

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INSTALL 2

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

What are you wrapped around?

Marisa Takal, What Are You Wrapped Around?, 2021

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While themes of domesticity have always been present in Takal’s work, here they take on new significance in the wake of “Stay at Home” orders. Her Psychological Rolodex is an automated sculpture created to help the artist and viewer reconnect in a moment of extreme historic isolation. Takal’s work transforms the former staple of the office into a container for a multitude of emotional descriptors—all in alphabetical order. Takal sourced these emotive words through an online questionnaire circulated at the start of the pandemic. The form requested “three words for each letter of the alphabet to describe your emotional state.” By utilizing a mundane and antiquated piece of office equipment, Takal has manifested a literal index of the psychological spectrum we are now collectively experiencing. Her spinning table-top contraption stands as a site of communal catharsis and a monument to our collective perseverance.

INSTALL 5

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

Higher, Power

Marisa Takal, Higher, Power, 2021

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Psychological Rolodex

Marisa Takal, Psychological Rolodex, 2021

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rolodex closeup

Marisa Takal, Psychological Rolodex, 2021

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INSTALL 6

Installation view, Euphoric Recall, 2021

Understanding

Marisa Takal, Understanding, 2021

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"One season I was born..."

Marisa Takal, “One season I was born/ Fell down like an acorn/ I am the only tree/ And everybody leaves/
I’ve got to get away from you/ Bud growing up at me/ Resentful face I see/
A harsh light seems to damn you/ Is it because I am you?”-The Roches,
 2021

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Marisa Takal (b. 1991) has shown in numerous solo, duo, and group shows at such venues as Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Jeffrey Stark, New York; Marinaro Gallery, New York; Company Gallery, New York; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Otis College of Art and Design Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles; Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles; and Alter Space, San Francisco. In 2016, she was named the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Stanley Hollander Award. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Content

Marisa Takal
Understanding, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 55 in (165.1 x 139.7 cm)
MT106

Marisa Takal
Retrospective, 2021
oil paint on clothing in plexiglass
Dimensions variable, Overall: 64 x 70 x 20 in (162.6 x 177.8 x 50.8 cm)
MT112

Marisa Takal
“One season I was born/ Fell down like an acorn/ I am the only tree/ And everybody leaves/ I’ve got to get away from you/ Bud growing up at me/ Resentful face I see/ A harsh light seems to damn you/ Is it because I am you?”-The Roches, 2021
oil on canvas
70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
MT104

Marisa Takal
You Live in an Apple and You Think Your Apple is the World, Do You think about Power everyday?, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 x 127 cm)
MT103

Marisa Takal
Higher, Power, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 70 in (152.4 x 177.8 cm)
MT101

Marisa Takal
Where do you Live?, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 55 in (152.4 x 139.7 cm)
MT105

Marisa Takal
Crisis of Opportunity, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 127 cm)
MT108

Marisa Takal
Pro-Holy, I’m Heavy, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 x 127 cm)
MT099

Marisa Takal
Time and Love, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 70 in (152.4 x 177.8 cm)
MT102

Marisa Takal
What Are You Wrapped Around?, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 55 in (165.1 x 139.7 cm)
MT111

Marisa Takal
Faith!, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
MT110

Marisa Takal
Psychological Rolodex, 2021
adhesive labels, gouache, pen, pencil on Rolodex
57 1/2 x 15 x 15 in (146.1 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
MT113

Marisa Takal
During my first and only (so far) experience with Sleep Paralysis, Three Spirits came to me in the early morning dusk. I asked the First Spirit to hold me. Instead, she just laid next to me with a weary smile and refused to hold me. The Second Spirit appeared right above me and stared into my eyes. I thought the Spirit was my Grandmother who I never met but who was also an Artist and 4’11”. The Spirit wasn’t her. I couldn’t move my body but I could still hear noise from outside of my room. I tried to talk to The Spirits but they wouldn’t talk back. I couldn’t move my mouth so I told them in my thoughts that I knew they meant well but that they were beginning to scare me. The Spirits wouldn’t leave. I tried to scream but I still couldn’t make a sound. After begging them to leave me alone, the Third Spirit who was Levitating Above me finally disappeared as it crashed down into my body. I heard a Sweet Soft voice whisper, “Faith” into my ear. After this, I could Move., 2021
oil on canvas
70 x 26 in (177.8 x 66 cm)

Marisa Takal
Understanding, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 55 in (165.1 x 139.7 cm)
MT106

Marisa Takal
Retrospective, 2021
oil paint on clothing in plexiglass
Dimensions variable, Overall: 64 x 70 x 20 in (162.6 x 177.8 x 50.8 cm)
MT112

Marisa Takal
“One season I was born/ Fell down like an acorn/ I am the only tree/ And everybody leaves/ I’ve got to get away from you/ Bud growing up at me/ Resentful face I see/ A harsh light seems to damn you/ Is it because I am you?”-The Roches, 2021
oil on canvas
70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
MT104

Marisa Takal
You Live in an Apple and You Think Your Apple is the World, Do You think about Power everyday?, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 x 127 cm)
MT103

Marisa Takal
Higher, Power, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 70 in (152.4 x 177.8 cm)
MT101

Marisa Takal
Where do you Live?, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 55 in (152.4 x 139.7 cm)
MT105

Marisa Takal
Crisis of Opportunity, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 127 cm)
MT108

Marisa Takal
Pro-Holy, I’m Heavy, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 50 in (165.1 x 127 cm)
MT099

Marisa Takal
Time and Love, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 70 in (152.4 x 177.8 cm)
MT102

Marisa Takal
What Are You Wrapped Around?, 2021
oil on canvas
65 x 55 in (165.1 x 139.7 cm)
MT111

Marisa Takal
Faith!, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
MT110

Marisa Takal
Psychological Rolodex, 2021
adhesive labels, gouache, pen, pencil on Rolodex
57 1/2 x 15 x 15 in (146.1 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
MT113

Marisa Takal
During my first and only (so far) experience with Sleep Paralysis, Three Spirits came to me in the early morning dusk. I asked the First Spirit to hold me. Instead, she just laid next to me with a weary smile and refused to hold me. The Second Spirit appeared right above me and stared into my eyes. I thought the Spirit was my Grandmother who I never met but who was also an Artist and 4’11”. The Spirit wasn’t her. I couldn’t move my body but I could still hear noise from outside of my room. I tried to talk to The Spirits but they wouldn’t talk back. I couldn’t move my mouth so I told them in my thoughts that I knew they meant well but that they were beginning to scare me. The Spirits wouldn’t leave. I tried to scream but I still couldn’t make a sound. After begging them to leave me alone, the Third Spirit who was Levitating Above me finally disappeared as it crashed down into my body. I heard a Sweet Soft voice whisper, “Faith” into my ear. After this, I could Move., 2021
oil on canvas
70 x 26 in (177.8 x 66 cm)