Friday, November 28, 2008

"Illuminate" this Week

My 3-Person show at Corey Helford, opening this Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. If you are on facebook, you can rsvp here. I will have all the images up soon, as well as a blurb on each, but for now:

"Anatomy of a Somnambulist" 12 x 16" Acrylic on wood.
Submerged in sleep, a somnambulist that has been sleep-walking for years, and whose dream-scapes have created a habitat about her.

"And Dream of Sheep" 5" x 5" Acrylic on wood.
The dreamer sees Morpheus, Hypnos, and Phobetor (the gods of dreams, sleep, and nightmare respectively) sowing poppies and riding sheep.

This show deals with the most important journey of the hero/heroine in any story: the difficult and dangerous task of self-discovery. I chose an underwater realm as the stage, since the ocean is rife with mystery, adventure, and the excitement of discovery.

Like searching for a shipwreck, these characters discover a land of forgotten and lost treasures that lie submerged in their subconscious-- the world they enter in sleep. This dream world is the same inner realm of childhood, inhabited by other portions of themselves, by potentialities they have never realized, and the undiscovered dangers and wonder of their personalities.

I referenced a few stories of famous "sleepers" like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream. In all of their magical slumbers, there is a death of the real world in order for the fantastical world to be born. I tried to create an ambiguity in these pieces that connote danger, darkness, fear, and death, but also life, beauty, wonder, and fantasy.

Thanks for all the nods:

Many thanks for the awesome "Arrested Motion" folks for offering me my first interview, as well as previewing my 3-person show!

Juxtapoz's article on the show here.

Also ArtMoco, ArtSlant, EvilMonito, THE Magazine LA, SlamXHype, and Swell City Guide.


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Mia said...

wow thanks guys! you got it-- thanks for spreading the word!