Dream now, dream not | The annual Winter Solstice exhibition
1 June (18:00) – 1 July 2017
at The Cape Gallery, 60 Church St, Cape Town
Introduced by Jeremy Lawrence
Consider the drift of sleep where dreams, unbounded by the contentions and stark realities of our waking existence, carry us to shores where strange fantasies cloak our desires.
Dreams have spanned the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and literature as human nature compels us to attempt to rationalise our experiences. They are impervious to chronology and other constraints of the material world, often demanding that the subject surrenders to chaos and symbolism in pursuit of understanding and wish fulfilment. The process can border on the absurd.
Humour is another way to uncover life’s ironies and absurdities. Opening speaker, Jeremy Lawrence’s book titled, Foibles: Ruthless Rhymes for the Modern Age reveals a keen observation of character noting individual foibles.
Wilna van der Walt looks at Jung’s theories about active imagination, uncovering the self, accepting both conscious and unconscious. Her oil painting titled ‘In awe’ depicts the shock as the conscious personality experiences the unconscious as a reality.
Carol Mangiagalli and Normand Dunn have embraced a naïve style with a sophisticated understanding of composition and subject matter. They display an appreciation of fantasy, strongly emphasising the narrative, with symbolic characters making appearances in the work of both artists. Normand Dunn often embraced the chaotic, exhibiting a unique comprehension of ironic comedy.
The thread of humour is carried through the exhibition by David Kuijers’ signature light-heartedness, as well as Peter Midlane’s dark humour in the Departure Lounge series.
Peter van Straten offers other-worldly oil paintings, celebrating human existence and the ecstasy/madness caused by the pursuit of the unattainable, while Judy Woodborne exhibits a triptych from the Samsara series, looking at the creative unconscious and the ebb and flow of life that we are born into.
What has emerged in 2017 is an opportunity for viewers to peep through the keyhole to reveal fragments of the unconscious mind, a fascinating collection of artworks.
Jeremia Ackerman, Paul Birchall, Rachelle Bomberg, Derek Drake, Normand Dunn, Lambert Kriedemann, David Kuijers, Christopher Langley, Jen Lewis, Carol Mangiagalli, Bangikaya Maqoqa, Peter Meikle, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Mandy Spiegel, Jan Uitlander, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne
Image: JUDY WOODBORNE, “Day breaks the night of a dream”