The Art of Dreams

A collection of works by surrealist artists world-wide that celebrates their fascination with  sleep and the dream world.

We begin our journey with an oil-on-canvas by James Gleeson displayed at the National GAllery of Aurstralia, Canberra entitled, :The citadel". The dismorphic human face is symbolic of the viewer entering the dream world. Reality is being torn apart in a gruesome manner. This piece was included to shock the viewer as they first enter, drawing them into the exhibit as they enter the world of surrealism.
The journey continues with the James Gleeson painting "We inhabit the corrosive littorial of habit" displayed by the National Gallery fo Victoria. Again a dismorphed face is shown, with pieces of flesh removed. Their bodies remain more intact than the previous work symbolizing the viewer coming back together with this new surrealist reality. This painting is very moving as the large head on the left hand side stares at the viewer creating a spiritual bond.
The viewer's immersion into the dream world continues as reality continues to be shattered. In this Nampyo Kim painting "Instant Landscape- photo #4" displayed by the Korean Art Museum Association, the human world and dream world collide in a beautiful, inspiring manner.
Finally, we enter the dream world of Rene Magaritte imitated in this painting "Magritte's Atelier" by Nam Kyung Min displayed by the Korean Art Museum Association. The playful tactics of Magaritte's signature surrealist style are encaptured in the work though inclusion of the floating green apple and manipulation of the easel/window. This work celebrates the surreal style of the famous painter and is highlighted as a beacon of superior surrealist work in this exhibit.
Fully entranced in the dream/sleep world, the viewer yearns for a way back to reality. The noble horse is symbolic of direction in the painting "Comtemplation" by Choi Hyo Soon diplayed from the Korean Art Museum Association. There is a calm effect to the emphasized horse that will direct us back into our reality.
We complete our journey from the dream world by concluding the exhibit with the oil-on-canvas "The Isle of the Dead" by Arnold Bockin displayed at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The title plays with the theme as the viewer is looking at themselves on the boat about to enter the isle of the dead; our reality where the dream world no longer exists. I feel this painting is the perfect conclusion through our surrealist journey and leaves the viewer with an awe of reverence for their dreams.
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