darling, your head's not right

Julian Adon Alexander – ASMA – Lucas Blalock – Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley – 
Dana Lok – Hannah Rawe – Jessi Reaves – Philip Seibel – Oda Iselin Sønderland – Kaari Upson 

Curated by Danica Lundy
New York | July 19 – August 19, 2023


Installation view, darling, your head's not right, 2023. François Ghebaly, New York, NY

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Can anyone prove reliable in this environment?
Maybe there is no such thing as an eyewitness. 
Who sees the lone mosquito in the dark?
I was there but I didn’t see anything.
I heard your eyelids fluttering.
I listened to the sweat rolling off a table.
A beast’s fur stiffened against the wind.
A snake slithered out of a jug stored beneath the sink.
The faucet never stopped crying, one pathetic tear at a time.

John Yau, Ghengis Chan on Drums (2021)


François Ghebaly New York’s summer group exhibition darling, your head’s not right is a study in malapropism. Curated by multi-hyphenate artist Danica Lundy, the exhibition draws on notions of slippage, the uncanny, and porous subject-object relationships to explore how artists and artifacts adopt, misplace, and ultimately transform meaning. From Kaari Upson’s evocative mattress forms and Oda Iselin Sønderland’s hallucinatory illustrations to Lucas Blalock’s dizzying, kaleidoscopic portraits of household ephemera, each locates a site of estrangement hovering under the surface of everyday life. Joined by artists Julian Alexander, ASMA, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Dana Lok, Hannah Rawe, Jessi Reaves, and Philip Seibel, their works usurp expectation, mislead intuition, and replace familiar totems with the counterfeits of new, strange worlds.  

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Jessi Reaves, Warming Rails Extended (Towel Rack), 2022. Metal, hardware, sawdust, wood glue, 58.5 x 27 x 27 inches (148.6 x 68.6 x 68.6 cm.)

Oda Iselin Sønderland, Laura, 2023. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 33.25 x 25.5 inches (84.5 x 65 cm.)

Julian Alexander, GPS, 2023. Graphite on toned paper, 13.5 x 11 inches (34 x 28 cm.)

Left: ASMA, La venganza del perro, el culo y la mirada (The revenge of the dog, the ass and the gaze), 2023. Right: ASMA, Sangre oxidada y tétanos con cabello mojado, 2023