Bright day would turn to night, my love takes its title from the traditional folk ballad, “The Blackest Crow,” which narrates the future heartache of eventually losing a loved one. Lamenting, tender, and devastating, the lyrics touch on the deep love that can be expressed through grief and the yearning for something just out of reach. Drawing on this awareness of broken time and presence, the exhibition pays attention to the invisible, spectral beings we encounter day to day. Phantoms refuse to be confined to a singular place or temporality, instead they flutter at the edges of perception, making themselves known through the ongoing act of haunting. The lingering company of people, places, and spirits known, unknown, and once-known can be simultaneously comforting and traumatic.

Tiny Table Gallery’s third exhibition, Bright day would turn to night, my love, brings together artistic practices that address the phantasmic in myriad ways. We notice spectral presences in work that addresses petroculture, extinction, and the Anthropocene; migration and diaspora; family memories and domestic histories; and negotiations of personal and projected identities. The show features work by Laura Bustamante, Alex Chitty, Mark Dion, Gloria Fan Duan, Becs Epstein, Maddie May, Broderick McGarvey, Andrew S. Yang, and bex ya yolk.