do you see what I see?          (Ji Hoon Won)

This gallery contains surrealist art pieces that suggest new perspectives of looking at life. Unlike others, these artists approached and depicted the world in unusual ways. Focusing on technical display and philosophical expression, the artists opened a new way of thinking and explaining everyday objects and happenings. Let’s figure out what each artwork try to show. 

In this picture we can see twisted stairs and people walking on it. The chunk looks very complicated, and the color used to depict it and the background makes it gloomy. Although we see people’s legs, we don’t see their faces or upper body. Also, the actual space of the entire chunk seems unrealistic. By showing unveiled complication, the author might suggested that our lives are like labyrinth.
This painting reminds us of René Magritte, one of the most famous surrealist artists. Magritte tried to approach art with philosophy. He wanted to put usual objects in unusual places to emphasize the weird feeling. He wanted to look at things differently by making environments to alter usual perception. In this work Wolfgang Lettl uses Dali’s method to create similar atmosphere.
In this painting, a pregnant lady lies on a bed and red lines connect her with various images, including a fetus. This painting expresses her experience of miscarriage at Henry Ford Hospital. She drew this in a grief of the loss of her child, and that is why the image might seem horrific. This sad image use background, symbols and herself to describe the sadness and loneliness she perceived.
In this painting of human flesh and body parts merged with landscape, James Gleeson tries to express the way he perceived the World War II. By expressing the fear and anti-war perspective in grotesque way, he successfully displayed how monstrous war could be. Also, by making unrealistic image he delivers the awe and fear of the war to us, viewers.
This painting by Gleeson again shows anti-war perspective in metaphoric way. By putting the Salvador Dali style disintegrated face, he shows how war changes people and how the world wears out. The sand looking background suggests the natural corrosion happening at seashore. This is another way he depicts his perception of war.
This image of a trapped rabbit delivers how shocked it is. The vivid expression of its fear comes from the blue eye, which connects to Nolan’s, or his father’s blue eyes. The loneliness of the object, the hare, and its fear suggest how he perceived himself as a trapped rabbit, which has no power to escape the danger.
Another painting by Nolan shows a horse falling or levitating while people on horses walking up a hill. This came from his own experience of seeing a horse falling the cliff. He turned the horse upside down to give some fresh perspective for falling and levitating. Also, he described the fall as “dreadful descent”, since the “horse will fall forever.”
This image shows the moon and stars expressed in Joan’s language. By creating his own way of description, he made a ceramic plaque interesting with just simple images and lines. By successfully transiting the usual world into his own style, he created and contributed to the early styles of surrealism.
This painting by Nash Paul shows a landscape of a devastated land where war goes on. This image is actually a depiction of a town where war goes on and destroys everything. The realistic depiction of the scene adds to the gravity of the war and make this painting more painful.
This painting by John Tunnard is the hardest one to interpret out of all the paintings in this gallery, because the painting contains multiple symbols, images, and expressions that are connected, blurred, or overlapped. It describes war in multiple layers of abstract images and John dissects and rearranges his perception of a war in this image.
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