Past

THE DREAMER IS STILL ASLEEP
Curated by Linsey Gosper

Benjamin Armstrong
Sean Bailey
Naomi Bishop
Ben Cauchi (NZ)
Patrick Doherty
August 8th, 2014 – September 6th, 2014

Hush; may I ask you all for silence?
The dreamer is still asleep
May the goddess keep us from single vision
and Newton’s sleep

- Coil, The Dreamer Is Still Asleep, (1999)

 

This exhibition takes as its reference point the quest for knowledge of the unknown that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. That which has no rational explanation but has multiple significances. These artists engage with esoteric knowledge developed from a rich and complex history of symbolism and occult practices such as the Tarot and ritual. Various processes such as spirit photography, automatic drawing, alchemy and unconscious streaming are utilised in the creation of the work. What is clear is the influence and effect of that which cannot be seen or explained.

To view the exhibition catalogue please click here.

 

  • Benjamin Armstrong, 'Victory' 2011, ink and watercolour on paper, 142.5 x 138.5 x 6 cm. Courtesy of artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

  • Sean Bailey, 'Green Window' 2013, synthetic polymer paint, collage, glass, linen Board, artist frame, 53.5 x 43.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer, Melbourne

  • Naomi Bishop, 'Sentinel' 2014, gouache and ink on paper, 38.5 x 29 cm

  • Ben Cauchi, 'That which can be seen is not all there is' 2013, ambrotype, 36 x 28 cm. Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

  • Patrick Doherty, 'The booboisie bavardage' 2014, oil on canvas, 183 x 319 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Venn Gallery, Perth

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014

  • 'The Dreamer is still Asleep' Installation view, 2014