" 'I am seduced by nowhereness while driving country roads at night. The vague location defined by where my headlights reach is all I know of my place and, as usual, there isn't a real indication of what time is.' While this could be written for a scene from The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, it's actually the opener from Eliot Greenwald's new limited edition book Night Car, recently released recently on the occasion of his solo exhibition which opened on July 9th at Hesse Flatow in NYC. The book features acrylic on canvas works that comprise the show, a "mythological loop, an environment dedicated to swallowing its inhabitant, transformation, and a car... at night." In current times, steeped in worry and uncertainty, we might as well go with the flow and enjoy this rattling ride.
Building on the body of work Greenwald began working on the end of 2019, the series of paintings transforms an evening drive into a psychedelic, sci-fi tale as the car you'd normally drive to the Starbucks takes you on an undefined journey through a dark landscape where the only inhabitants might be stars and shrubs. With the vehicle as co-protagonist, the artist constructs an intense narrative driven by the light shining beaming from headlights, intersecting with surrounding landscape and astronomical denizens."