…an uncanny effect is often and easily produced when the distinction
between imagination and reality is effaced, as when something that we have hitherto regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality…
– Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny
I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.
– Special Agent Dale Cooper
Curated by Kwaku Boateng and Tabitha Sternberg
Searching for magic and the distorted image falling from your iCloud examines contemporary painting’s relationship with the surreal, magical and mysterious. The exhibition explores this in various ways through works that depict the surreal mundanity of everyday existence or works that explore magical environments and subjects through the artist’s own imagination. Although these strange images come from a place that seems not quite real, they are displayed in an environment
that asks you to look directly at them. In this way, the exhibition seeks to blur the boundary between what is secret and what is shown; an examination of the relationship between the intangible and the concrete.
The exhibition also asks us to examine contemporary painting’s current relationship to technology and how modern technologies have affected and influenced the way painters work. This is shown through painting that may rely on digital imagery to be created or paintings that themselves directly examine digital technology today. Painting’s relationship to technology is also explored through the inclusion of digital works – video and print – that examine the confluence between humans, images and technology.
Artists: Das Balloon, Victor Payares , Jonas Lund, Siebren Versteeg, Tilman Hornig, Josh Reames, Konrad Wyrebek, Kristian Touborg, Michael Pybus, Ry David Bradley, Gordon Cheung, Wendell Gladstone, Derek Mainella
MAY 04 – JUL 09 94 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON, SW3 6HS EXHIBITION MAY 04 – JUL 09 thedotproject.com