What is ‘reality’ today? What does it mean to be ‘real’? Is there even such a thing?
In an age of reality shows, fake news, and weakened social and political structures, our sense of reality is quickly shifting. Neither fixed nor factual, our individual realities can exist alongside one another’s and never meet.
This moment in time led to the idea of creating an exhibition around the idea of reality and sur-reality, or in art terms: Realism, Surrealism and the Fantastic. This exhibition explores the relationship between a logical view of life and the unconscious mind, fantasies, and the dream world.
The artists in this show find magic in the unexpected and the unnatural, the overlooked and the odd. Their work challenges values and norms in search of new realities and freedom. Here, imagination is front and centre and driven by the psychological rather than the logical.
Organized by theme, the exhibition brings together works by historical and contemporary artists who reflect and reimagine the body and the everyday in staging new and provocative worlds.
Artists Include: Stephen Altena, Robin Arseneault, Shary Boyle, Alex Colville, DaveandJenn, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Fausta Facciponte, Michelle Forsyth, Gilbert Garcin, Karine Giboulo, Peter Harris, Carmela Laganse, Jeeyoung Lee, Louis de Niverville, Emmanuel Nwogbo, Meret Oppenheim, Evan Penny, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Sarah Spoule, Stylo Starr, Chloe Wise, and Xiaojing Yan.
Header Image: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Out of the Blue – No.3 (detail), 2023, 3D printed sculptures, artificial plants, plexiglass, laboratory accessories, Courtesy of the Artist.
Feature Image: Jeeyoung Lee, La Vie En Rose, 2016. ©JeeYoung Lee, Photo courtesy of the Artist.