In Your Dreams
Stephen Bush, Michael Doolan, Daniel Dorall, William Eicholtz, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Dylan Martorell, Steaphan Paton, Kate Rohde, Kate Shaw, Sally Smart, Van Sowerwine & Isobel Knowles, Yandell Walton, Sharon West
In Your Dreams
Curated by Edwina Bartlem & Victor Griss
Friday 9th of May – Sunday 8th of June, 2014
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
In Your Dreams explores fantastic worlds and imaginary creatures through a range of media including sculpture, diorama, painting, printmaking, collage, artist’s books, video projection, ambient sound and interactive artwork. It engages the senses, creating an environment to spark the imagination of children and the young-at-heart. Many artworks have whimsical or surreal qualities of dreams, fairy tales and fables, and like many folkloric tales, occasionally a dark or cautionary quality. Ideas of cuteness, reality, history, power and belonging are introduced through various formal and symbolic devices. Several artists play with scale drawing the viewer into a miniature world overshadowed by colossal creations, generating awe and wonder. Alternatively the viewer can play the role of the giant, observing the drama and curiosity of a Lilliputian world.
(Counihan Gallery in Brunswick)
In your dreams, blurred and distinct, a dreamers narrative by Gracia Haby
In Your Dreams list of works (9 page pdf)
To accompany our installation of new drawings, collages, artists' books, and text, we have also made a 32 page zine, In your dreams, blurred and distinct. Hand-stitched with black thread, it is an edition of 100.
The fantastical seven,
Thank-you to Elaine and Peter Haby, Susan and John Jennison, and Georgia Cribb for all their help and encouragement. Thank-you to Des Cowley and Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis for their editorial eyes and minds most sharp.
In Your Dreams catalogue essay, exhibition curators Edwina Bartlem & Victor Griss
Daring Adventures in Collage, Q&A for an e-course with Mati Rose McDonough, 2014
Tumbling lightly, tumbling fast (I) and (II), two new artists' books for 2014
The final polish (accompanied by Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonata in E Major)
Show of the Week: Sweet Dreams
12th May, 2014
Opened last week is a terrific group show In Your Dreams at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick - in the delightful City of Stonnington. Curators Edwina Bartlem and Victor Griss have brought artists together that dive head first into the surreal, the imagined and yes of course dreaming and perhaps nightmares too.
We wereso impressed that the text panels had a sort of 'parental guidance' edition beneath it. Giving the show a clever education trail that can help parents and teachers guide smaller peeps through the show. This is also a great way to read work as an adult audience. When you see so much you can often can become a bit flip or jaded so having these text panels push your attention in different ways is a good thing.
A highlight for us was the well considered installation by the hardest working artists we know. Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison's corner of wonder includes drawings, collages, hand written musings, accordion books and more formal framed work. They are the ideal duo to transport us into a dream world populated by dancers, circus performers and endangered species. In our dreams these two get to make a film with Wes Anderson!
In Your Dreams
19th May, 2014
Dreams, fables and imaginings are often regarded as childish distractions from the real world. In this exhibition at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, fifteen contemporary artists delve into the imaginative world of fairy-tales and altered realities.
The strange associations that spring from dreams and the subconscious mind serve as creative inspiration in artistic movements like Surrealism and Dada. Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison operate in this mode playfully using a myriad of elements in their installation. Collages of nostalgic images of animals, circus performers, postcards, drawings and found objects are combined in whimsical and uncanny ways. Exotic fish float through sundrenched valleys while a hyena guards the steps of the Temple of Love at Versailles.
The curatorial theme of In Your Dreams is one that children will respond to, and for this reason there are didactic panels specifically addressing a younger audience. For adults, the exhibition is a chance to rediscover the stories of childhood and think about their continued significance.
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 stars