6 - 27 December 2022
  • Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present To Remember at Midnight, an online solo show by NY-based artist Chelsie Kirkey, opening virtually on December 6.

    • “Quite simply, I was in love with New York.

      I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way,

      I mean that I was in love with the city,

      the way you love the first person

      who ever touches you

      and you never love anyone

      quite that way again.” - Joan Didion

    • In this latest body of work, Chelsie Kirkey explores her affectionate connection to home and the anxiety-filled moments that often arise late at night. The home is more than just a structure for protection or a tangible house - the home is Kirkey’s city; a group of friends; an amalgamation of experiences bound by time and place. To Remember at Midnight identifies the uneasy feelings that emerge when the day starts to end, and the dark draws in. To combat this frame of mind, Kirkey finds solace in her practice and the soothing memories that can be recreated in painting. Life is tumultuous and city living operates at a dizzying pace. Kirkey offers viewers refuge in astute and joyful observations. 

    • Here are mundane moments that would otherwise go unnoticed and soulfully recalibrated in a reassuring forum. There is a sense of gratitude for the things, people, and greater elements of Kirkey's world that are all rendered in photorealistic technique. The snapshot quality of her imagery is suggestive of the transitory nature of living: how quickly time passes and how fleeting moments have the potential to hold such significance in our memories. Since Kirkey moved to Brooklyn four years ago, she was able to find a sense of peace and belonging. This affection for New York shines throughout her work. Furthermore, Kirkey embeds elements of joviality into her approach with simple quiet moments infused with discerning introspection.

  • Chelsie Kirkey (b. 1987 Galesburg, IL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. Kirkey has had a solo show at The Factory, Seattle, WA. She has participated in group shows at Thierry Goldberg Gallery; NY, F2T Gallery, Milan, IT; The Untitled Space, New York, NY; Mana Contemporary, New York, NY; Martha’s Contemporary, Austin, TX; and 0-0, Los Angeles, CA, amongst others.