in New York, NY / United States
21.11.2020 - 19.12.2020 00:00
Dan Perjovschi - The Nightmare It is / The Nightmare it Was

Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present its inaugural Tribeca exhibition, “The Nightmare It Is / The Nightmare It Was”, a new two-part series of works by Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi. The 2020 presidential campaign has proven itself to be an unpredictable landscape, as political, cultural and economic gaps, interwoven with tensions from the COVID-19 pandemic, have carved divisions between the American people. Drawing on US-centric political subjects, from life and the media, Perjovchi’s exhibition investigates challenging discussions surrounding tensions between the two American parties and how fact can so easily be obscured into fiction.

The first installment of the two-part exhibition, “The Nightmare It Is”, will feature daily drawings by Perjovschi displayed on the inside of the main gallery window for contactless street viewing starting November 2nd. Utilizing water-based window paint and shorthand application, the rotating installation acts as a visual think board, providing a temporary and evolving platform for statements meant to encourage voters, reflect on America’s response to quarantine, and react to potential futures. “The Nightmare It Was”, premiering on November 14th, will be the debut exhibition in the gallery’s new space and will present a new body of work of illustrative commentary on a range of interconnected political issues that resonate on a transnational scale. The exhibition was made not only as a response to general U.S. political commentary, but also commentary on the country’s response to crisis. Presentings us with quick witted editorials that defy art world binaries, Perjovschi’s drawings are not cartoons, nor comics or graffiti, but conscientious visual and journalistic responses to socio-political unease. His intent is not to shock, but to understand. His works are imbued with an undeniable sense of humor, a necessity in these trying times.

As part of the exhibition, there will be an interactive installation where viewers are encouraged to create their own chalk drawings that will act as a judgement-free platform for dialogue. Whether they exist as political commentaries or simple thoughts in that present moment, the space upholds an evolutionary through-line to the work.

Dan Perjovschi’s satirical works are sketchbook interventions with images and text in news, transforming the gallery into a space of relatable frustrations with socio-political conditions. Maintaining an ephemeral foundation, Perjovschi does not ignore the inherent contradictions of the socio-economic privileged arena where his work can be found. To violence, opulence and extremism, he responds with puns, laughter and ridicule as the protection of freedom. He lives and works in Sibiu, Romania.

Gallery hours Tues-Sat 11 am – 6 pm

The gallery is open (by appointment only, with walk-ins accepted depending on current number in the gallery, during set hours)


Jane Lombard Gallery
58 White Street
10013 New York, NY
United States


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