Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable


Concept V is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition with the group show,

Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable, curated by Karline Moeller and Nicola Vassell.


An excerpt taken from Charles Baudelaire’s “The Beacons,” Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable looks at hysteria and its various manifestations in contemporary life: love, hate, lust, sex, ego, fear, politics, religion, technology, aesthetics, geography, etc. All thirteen artists on display, Francesco Clemente, Etta Etrog, Gelitin, Zilvinas Kempinas, Rachel Kneebone, Curtis Mitchell, Rashaad Newsome, Raqib Shaw, Katharina Sieverding, Pola Sieverding, Jeff Sonhouse, Georgi Tushev, and Nari Ward embody this ignored, even unacknowledged, state of mind. Whether the final objects personify panic, or the artistic process succumbs to maniacal methods, each participant identifies at least one symptom of hysteria.


Perhaps the diagnosis is in the environment. Do we resort to hysterical behavior as a form of protection from extreme emotion or is it simply an excuse for the peculiar and bizarre? A composition of extraordinary and complex temperaments, this exhibition unveils the frenzy in everything and everyone. Instead of acknowledging hysteria as a momentary infliction, it is exposed as a common state, a daily occurrence—an all too familiar feeling. We begin to recognize malaise as a mundane and predictable format, intangible yet inevitably a part of reality.


Each artist donates his or her own ethos to hysteria resulting in a display of

unmanageable fear and emotional excess. However when presented together, this alliance resembles the eye of a storm— tranquility at the center but surrounded by torment.


Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable opens Friday the 13th November, 2009

and will be on view through Saturday the 30th January, 2010. The space will be open to the public Mon - Sat 12 – 7 pm, or by appointment. 


In an effort to revive a more intimate chapter of the New York City art experience, Concept V offers not only an exhibition space but also a salon inspired setting that will host musical events, readings, performances, screenings and other community based happenings. Concept V welcomes you to experience Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable. For more information regarding Concept V and upcoming events, please email


Special thanks to Deitch Projects for its support.



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