1AM Gallery and curator Valerie Leavy are pleased to present “Dark Matter”, a group exhibition of works that explore the darker side of the human psyche. Gathering the voices of eight emerging contemporary artists working across mediums, Valerie Leavy presents an exhibition that aims to examine and confront the mysterious and sometimes sinister side of human nature. The work for “Dark Matter” will include new paintings and illustrations by John Felix Arnold III, Christopher Burch, C3, Stan Chisholm, Casey Cripe, Jade Palasek and Justin Tolentino.  “Dark Matter” is an invisible, unnoticeable entity that we know little about yet, nonetheless, fills all space. It’s not practical to acknowledge it in our daily routine, but it is there. Likewise, there are negative, sinister, and mysterious things in our lives that we’d like to pretend are just as invisible. Dark Matter is a bold-faced exploration of the shadowy side of the human experience; the artists seek to pull the curtain back on these hidden underworlds and confront them head-on.  Work will feature ruminations on the psyche, nightmares, hidden drives, monsters, and the darker side of reality: politics, corruption, futility, and abuse of power. The theme of “Dark Matter” is designed to take the viewer on a journey that descends into sinister worlds and allows them to acknowledge their own dark side. It seeks to arouse the kind of fascination that one might have for deviant subjects. “Dark Matter” encourages us to explore and indulge our dark sides.

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