The Design Observer Group


Posted 10.14.12


John Foster

Accidental Mysteries


Nighttime has always held a powerful and integral place in the arts. Literature abounds with the metaphor of night. Writers and poets use the dark as a foil for mystery, intrigue, evil and as a contrast to light in all its forms. Visual artists — painters and photographers stalk the night for sublime and dramatic contrasts. It is where film noir resides, with loneliness, fear, and the unknown its comfortable companion. With midnight called “the witching hour,” it’s no wonder it’s the preferred time that goblins and haints awaken for their work.

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Dan Witz; Highland Park, IL. 2006 oil and mixed media on canvas, 38 x 52 inches

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Dan Witz: J&J Liquor, 2005, oil and mixed media on canvas, 44 x 68 inches

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Todd Hido: Title: 7373, 2009, chromogenic print

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Todd Hido: Title: 2045, 1997, chromogenic print

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Robert Doisneau, La Fuite des Maries, 1951, gelatin silver print

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E.O. Hoppe, Middletown in the Snow, Connecticut, 1926, Vintage silver gelatin print, 9-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches

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Weegee, The Critic, 1943, silver gelatin print

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Dan Kukla, The Edge Effect, chromogenic print

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Robert Joshua Bingaham, Excelsior Pile, 2010, acrylic on linen, 42 x 54 inches

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O. Winston Link, Hot Shot East Bound at Laeger, West Virginia, 1956, 16 x 20 inches, silver print

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Bryan Haynes, Winter, acrylic on canvas, 20010

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Spc. Lee Davis, U.S. Army photo, 2003, Fallujah 

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Jay Mug, Castelmezzano, Italy, digital photograph

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Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), A Venetian’s Night Entertainment, 1903, oil on canvas

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Leonard Koscianski, Good Bad Dog, 2008, Oil on canvas, 45 ¼ x 67 inches

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Jay Mug, DC Character Poster, The Dark Knight, 16 x 24 inches, digital print

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Bob Staake, Reflection, The New Yorker, November 17, 2008

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Mike Noland, War, Oil on Canvas, 46 x 38 inches

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Charles Burns, "Big Baby: Teen Plague page 14," 1989, Ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches

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Bill Steber, Mississippi Delta Series, Black and White Photograph, 2010

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Michael Kenna, Empire State Building, Study 4, New York, 2007, toned silver print, 8 x 7.75 inches

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Eduard J. Steichen: The Flatiron, 1905. Photogravure, 12½ x 10¼ inches, Mount: 20 x 16 inches