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On January 21 2023, Galeria Zé dos Bois will open waters of night, Pádraig Timoney’s first solo exhibition in Portugal.

Presenting about thirty works, which occupy the two floors of the gallery, including mirrors materialized by himself and canvases, Timoney brings to Lisbon a new nuance of his research on the construction of the image.

At the core of Pádraig Timoney’s practice is an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics of image-making – each canvas represents its own investigation into the ways images are constructed, or reconstructed through painting. Resisting a singular style, Timoney’s works are instead united in approach; each painting aims to seamlessly connect a chosen image with both material and process. Often inventing new processes as a result, the works function as an index or record of decisions made, while reveling in the shortcomings in the medium itself. By including the errors of translation and the faultiness of recognition, abstraction and figuration never seem too far apart, often appearing on the verge of collapsing into one another. Through these divergent modes, his exhibitions in turn document a specific duration of time and research in the studio, rather than a traditional artistic thesis.

Natxo Checa and Gérard Faggionato have been following Pádraig Timoney’s new work in the studio since early 2022, leading this process to the first collaboration between Galeria Zé dos Bois and Indipendenza (Rome), where the exhibition waters of night was on view from October 28, 2022 to January 7, 2023.

On the opening day, we welcome JG Wilkes (Optimo) for a DJ set at the Aquarium.