Wednesday, December 31, 2003

"Dreams of Art: A Creative Exploration of Sleep-Time Images” - Indianapolis Art Center, Ruth Lilly Library – Dec. 31, 2003 – 2 stars

Art can be used to find meaning in the emotions and the confounding visual elements experienced in dreams. Art is a release, a therapy. The images seen in this exhibit are of personal growth on paper and canvas by five people who have long studied their dreams. As a didact explains, the art on view "Mediates between the dreamer and the unconscious." The accompanying dream explanations and reflections allow viewers to tap into the self-realizations of the artist/dreamer. "Monarch Jewels," a simple fabric sculpture by Janet Fox, is the visual embodiment and an extension of a poignant dream. "Family Portrait" by Barbara Koons is a cut and paste collage composite of many dream emotions while "In a Pink House" captures the tactile pink colors and sensations of a happy dream she experienced. Collage is used as a primary means of exploration in this show. Self-exploration takes precedence over visual aesthetics seen in the work, but that's not to say it isn't extremely fascinating and very valid. Through Jan. 11, 2004; 317-255-2464. – Mary Lee Pappas

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