There is a poison in me. It scratches at my fingertips and chokes the back of my throat. It rides my thoughts and every action with a silent anger and it wants out. It is a rage that sees destruction as a means to rebuilding. Within the space of one second it wipes out this world while it makes a new one begin. I look at you and force myself to smile a little, in my mind I see you collapse and vanish along with everyone and everything. I have no heart, no lungs; my chest is so tight I can only mouth breath. The few muscles I have left will close my eyes but sleep is impossible. I go candy playing and I go rainbow chasing and I beg tomorrow to serve me better.
Laylah Ali was born in Buffalo, New York and earned an M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. Ali also studied at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She was featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ICA, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Institute of International Visual Arts, London; Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and MASS MoCA, among others, as well as showing her works at such exhibitions as the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial. Laylah Ali is also a featured artist in the PBS series Art: 21—Art in the Twenty-First Century. SEASON is grateful to Miller Yezerski gallery, Boston, for the loan of this work.
Dylan Neuwirth graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens in 2000. He has had solo shows at Vermillion, Punch Gallery and Bumbershoot (Seattle) and On Main Gallery (Vancouver) as well as numerous group shows across the west coast. He creates a variety of angst-filled artworks, many of which address themes of social alienation, apathy and a desire for freedom. His strength lies in his ability to tweak the reality we think we know and present an alternate version of a truth.
Andy Wauman lives and works in Antwerp. His list of exhibitions cross Europe and Asia with solo shows at Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, and The National Museum of Glass, Leerdam, The Netherlands. He has held residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City; 555 Arts, Detroit; and Rijksakademy for Visual Arts in Amsterdam and recently finished a residency at the Deus Ex Machina Headquarters in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia. He is an artist who uses language as a means to keep things minimum without becoming a Minimalist.