Big Pictures Los Angeles is pleased to announce a special curatorial project for No Gallery. I Wake Up and Write Down My Dreams, a group show of works on paper featuring Doug Crocco, Aaron Elvis Jupin, Matt Lifson, Chris Lux, Brendan Lynch, Laurie Nye, and Ben Sanders. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at No Gallery, located at 1115 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
It has been said that dreams are where we process what we experienced during our waking hours. As if they act to help us sort out our feelings, reconcile conflicts, and expand upon passing ideas. Dreams are also a place where our most personal feelings blend with the visual references from our day-to-day lives and figments of our imagination. However, despite being fantastic or seemingly revelatory we often don’t understand or remember our dreams, and while they occasionally leave lasting impressions they are inherently fleeting.
Some of our most revered luminaries across the ages were famous for keeping bedside journals and writing down their dreams. They yearned to record their freshest recollections and details of their visions before they faded away. Similarly, the artists included in the exhibition explore the dreamscape in their practices, and put pencil to paper to create new worlds. The resulting works are fantastic but difficult to explain. Several pieces in the show contain compositions seemingly absurdist in nature, some feature fantastic characters that have sprung to life, while others are populated by fragments of the familiar, and incongruent juxtapositions that act as riddles, or perhaps just echoes of the day gone by.