|Yun Sung Jang - "Jun," (84" x96") oil|
|Yun Sung Jang -"Pregnant Woman After Kathe Kollwitz" (8"x11")|
Dreams and dreaming is not uncommon terrain in art, but this show gets its title from the concept of "lucid dreaming" in which a person can navigate or control the direction of their dream state. I'm friends with a medium from El Salvador who explained this technique to me years ago. Basically, by getting into a meditative/trance-like state and quieting one's mind, you begin to enter the dream state and with the right teacher and lots of practice, can manipulate things. For example, if you're walking in the dream, you can control which direction you go, etc. These works attempt to "shift perception of what should be called a 'real' experience."
|Wil Kurtz -"Henry" (60x84x22") mixed media and newspaper|
In the center is a large sculpture of a horse by Will Kurtz, mixed media and newspaper. Saw a few fullscale horses at past art fairs and this charming nag (young? skinny?) is covered with newspapers and headlines. The hay, mane, tail and eyelashes are made of shredded newspaper.
An owl must be included in any show about dreams, and below is Tyler Vouros' "Barred Owl."
|Tyler Vouros -"Barred Owl" (35"x56") Charcoal and water|
Shangkai Kevin Yu's "A Winter Indoor" is oddly compelling and fitting for this show. A pretty simple image, but does a great job of getting the viewer to pause with a, "Wait, what??"
|Shangkai Kevin Wu -"A Winter Indoor" (42"x60") Oil and acrylic|
|Angela Gram -"The Herd" (48"x60") Oil|
"The Herd" by Angela Gram is a beautifully rendered and oddly composed painting of nude
bodies and ibix-like horned critters.
|Samuel Evensen -"Audience to a Birth" (62"x72")|
From tight realism to a more chaotic, very loose style is Samuel Evensen's "Audience to a Birth", a rush of snippets of imagery - a nightmare? a substance fueled dream state?
|Melanie Vote -"Found" (40"x20x20") Fiberglass resin and mixed media|
|Guno Park -"Olmec" (11"x14") Ballpoint on paper|
"Lucid Visions" is up through November 24, 2014. Contact Panepinto Galleries for hours at www.panepintogalleries.com. Located at 371 Warren St, 4th Flr, Jersey City, NJ.