‘Slippery Stories’ is curated by Michael Vale & Tom Dunn, featuring LA and Melbourne based artists.
There is a network of cities around the globe whose citizens share inner worlds, think similar thoughts and walk similar streets. They share a language of experience, hope and desire and this language floats across the air like magic dust, sometimes landing in unlikely places. Through slippery stories and obscure ideas the dreams of the city become a mirror for the dreamworlds of all, both publicly and less so. While the dream factory of Hollywood has both shaped and appropriated our fantasies, the underbelly of shadows and ghostly, drunken poetry has been no less influential.
This exhibition will present the work of artists from two different cities who have inherited, borrowed and re-invented the catalogue of urban dreams. Each sees dreaming as a form of production, a spill of ill-matched jigsaw pieces, and each approaches visuality as something to be read, a basket of clues or signs that can be moulded in myriad ways.
The stories contained by and surrounding these works will be both slippery in the telling and slippery to define. They were most likely born in a puff of smoke, from a lamp rubbed by a thousand Aladdins.
To download the exhibition catalogue essay please click here.