P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents The Palace at 4 A.M., a new site-specific installation by New York-based artist Jon Kessler. Created for P.S.1, this exhibition vastly expands upon a recent suite of works by the artist entitled Global Village Idiot, which opened to critical acclaim in the spring of 2004. The installation at P.S.1 is the largest and most complex Kessler has ever completed, and is his first solo museum appearance in New York.
Referencing issues relevant to contemporary society including politics, war, advertising, propaganda, and surveillance, Kessler's work thrusts the viewer directly into a complex visual experience. Though sources of inspiration and information are varied and include reality television such as "The Swan", kabuki, and Apocalypse Now, The Palace at 4 A.M. ultimately speaks to the history of image production and representations of warfare.