Curated by Michael Vale
‘Looking out a window that isn’t there / Looking at the carpet and the chairs’
– Bill Callahan, The Sing (2013)
This exhibition will present the view that visual experience is a tug of war between what we see with our eyes and what we see with our internal memories and visions. Put simply, a rich inner world co-exists within all of us, jostling for attention with external stimuli and familiarities. Hysteria, a condition identified and explored by the pioneering French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, was seen by André Breton as “… not a pathological phenomenon but … a supreme means of expression”. While Breton could be accused of selectively interpreting Charcot’s findings, he nonetheless championed the hallucinatory potential of everyday life. The six artists in this exhibition each offer direct vision as (merely) an upper layer, like the icing on a cake.
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