The Midnight Hour
Curated by Scroll

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Jean Lee, Lunch Party,  2022, Oil on canvas, 64 x 64 in. (163 x 163 cm.)


The Hole is delighted to present The Midnight Hour, a group exhibition curated by Scroll (one of our own gallery directors, Julien Pomerleau, and Rachel Ng). The Midnight Hour is about nighttime rendered in landscape, domestic settings, still life, and portraiture. In these paintings, darkness is uniquely dimensional, with celestial blues and blacks composed of—and deepened by—a range of hues. Here you’ll find the coolness of the night sky offset by the warm incandescence of street lights and shop windows, or the silvery light of the moon. Inside glows a candle or a lamp.

The works depict all facets of the night, from nocturnal contemplation and solitude to after-hours festivities, some barely glimpsed in the shadows, some vivid and bustling. Not all the subjects in these paintings appear to partake in the recommended eight hours of sleep. Instead, The Midnight Hour presents happenings mostly outside of the bedroom, from Dan Attoe’s moonlit foragers to Paul-Sebastian Japaz’s late-night cigarette smokers. Whether through interpretations of dreams or by picturing the people we become once the sun sets, the exhibition reveals all that goes unseen during the day.

The lineup of artists welcomes both new talent and familiar names: Olga Abeleva, Dan Attoe, Jason Birmingham, Jose Bonell, Krzysztof Grzybacz, David Hamilton, Anthony Iacono, Paul-Sebastian Japaz, Claudia Keep, Sung HwaKim, Jean Lee, Lindsay Merrill, Susan Metrican, Keita Morimoto, Francesco Pirazzi, Cait Porter, Nastaran Shahbazi, Masamitsu Shigeta, Aaron Michael Skolnick, Mai Ta, James Ulmer, and Mikey Yates.

Founded by Julien Pomerleau and Rachel Ng, Scroll is a New York–based curatorial project focused on fostering community and uplifting the works of emerging and overlooked artists. Following first exhibitions in September and November 2022, The Midnight Hour is its largest show to date, bringing together twenty-two artists from around the world.

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Krzysztof Grzybacz, Affection, 2022, oil on canvas, 63 x 79 inches, 160 x 200 cm.

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Jean Lee,  Lunch Party, 2022, oil on canvas, 64 x 64 inches, 163 x 163 cm.

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Sung Hwa Kim, When The Evening Song Begins, Everything Turns Into Nothing. From Nothing, You Find Everything., 2022, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 152.5 x 122 cm.

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Sung Hwa Kim, Dream What You Sow, Life is Just A Glow, 2022, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 60 x 40 inches, 152.5 x 105 cm.

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Olga Abeleva, Underworld, 2020, 0il on canvas, 55 x 40 inches, 140 x 102 cm.

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Olga Abeleva, Splenda’s Day Off, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 76 x 61 cm.

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Masamitsu ShigetaNight Navy Yard Tree, 2022, oil on paper with custom frame, 13 x 10 inches, 33 x 25.5 cm.

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Masamitsu ShigetaOrange Tree, 2021, oil on paper with custom frame, 14 x 11.5 inches, 35.5 x 29 cm.

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Jose Bonell, Big Mirror, 2022, oil on canvas, 39.5 x 51 inches, 100 x 130 cm.

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Jose Bonell, Le Vol, 2020, oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches, 33 x 41 cm.

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Lindsay Merril, Come To Me, 2022, oil on linen, 50 x 36 inches, 127 x 91.5 cm.

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Paul-Sebastian JapazTwo Cigarettes, 2022, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 91.5 x 122 cm.

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James UlmerNight Time Trip, 2023, flashe and fluorescent acrylic on canvas, 56 x 67 inches, 170 x 142 cm.


Mikey YatesSummer Walker, 2022, oil, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 102 x 76 cm.

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Cait PorterWindow at 12:30am, 2022, oil on linen, 40 x 30 inches, 102 x 76 cm.

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Jason BirminghamPath of Totality, 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 38 inches, 122 x 97 cm.

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Nastaran Shahbazi, In The Cold Nights, We Were Red As Blood, 2022, oil on linen, 28.5 x 36 inches, 72.5 x 91.5 cm.

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Francesco Pirazzi, Conversazione, 2021, oil on canvas, 25 x 34 inches, 64 x 87 cm.


Anthony IaconoRecto Verso, 2020-2021, acrylic on cut and collaged paper, 33 x 22.5 inches, 84 x 57 cm.

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Susan MetricanCast, Cast, 2022, acrylic on canvas, thread, 30 x 20 inches, 76 x 51 cm.

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Mai Ta, The Moon, 2021, gouache on watercolor paper, mounted on woodboard, 7 x 5 inches, 18 x 13 cm.

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Dan Attoe, Full Moon Rock Harvest, 2022, oil on canvas on panel, 18 x 24 inches, 46 x 61 cm.

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Claudia KeepDog Park, After Dark, 2022, oil on cradled wood panel, 12 x 16 inches, 30 x 40 cm.

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Claudia Keep, Spring Night In Chelsea, 2022, oil on masonite panel, 10 x 8 inches, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.

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Claudia KeepSleeping With The Air Conditioner On, 2022, oil on masonite panel, 12 x 10 inches, 30.5 x 25.4 cm.

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Keita MorimotoGreen Crossing, 2022, acrylic on panel, 11 x 7.5 inches, 27 x 19 cm.

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Aaron Michael SkolnickMy Neighbor’s House At Night, 2022, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches, 91 x 61 cm.


Aaron Michael Skolnick, My Neighbor’s House At Night (study), 2022, oil on canvas, 13 x 11 inches, 33 x 28 cm.

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David HamiltonThe Acheron, 2022, oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches, 25 x 30 cm.

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David HamiltonElm at Leo’s, 2022, oil on linen, 9 x 12 inches, 23 x 30.5 cm.