4 AM Forever: Kévin Bray

4 AM is the most spiritual hour of the day. When night dissolves into day. The magic hour. The liminoid phase of dreaming. For this project, we ask artists to set their alarm clock at 4 AM and create something covering their lucid dream state at that moment. Divine creations at the most ungodly hour. 4 AMEN.

Kévin Bray is a French artist currently residing at the Rijksakademie, in Amsterdam. His work oscillates between video, graphic design and sound design. Through the latter, he questions the existence of the image. To what extent is a still image time-related?

Could you describe how you felt that night?

At 4 AM I wasn’t tired yet. I am quite used to working at night. It always makes things more sensitive and sensible. I always found it exciting. Unfortunately, I tend to forget my dreams quickly. As much as I believe they influence my work, I can’t look back at them once I’m awake. By making this 4 AM drawing I was trying to recall my dreams by using the automatic drawing technique. Certain shapes were recalling others. Abstraction was transforming into figuration. It slowly became a scene were various narratives could become a dialogue.

Music I was listening to:

An amazing album from Geinoh Yamashirogumi called Ecophony Rinne. It’s a fascinating Japanese musical collective consisting of hundreds of people from all walks of life: from journalists and doctors to engineers, students, and businessmen.

We just had to print a poster version of Thinking others, a mixed media depiction of two dancing figures costumed in human hair, textured painting and distorted stock imagery. Thanks, Kévin! ❤ If you’d like to be published in the next issue of The Void, send us your work at with ‘Get Published’ in the subject line.