This week’s photo challenge has me wondering what dreamy looks like. For me, it conjures up the half-way state between sleep and wakefulness. It’s also the creative state that we enter when we write, paint, cook, sculpt, and make music–for example. Instead of focused awareness, in which we are acutely aware of our environment, we enter a state of diffuse awareness, in which we absorb selective sensory details, while our mind is busy on an entirely different plane. This state is also attained by yoga, meditation and quiet contemplation.
These photographs taken at Art Prize 2014 capture this dreamy state of mind.
This first clay sculpture by Scarlett Kanistanaux is called the “Quiet Mind.” It is a portrait of a young Tibetan nun, part of a series of works focusing on soulful, quiet, religious people, who can–in the artist’s words– “serve to mirror our own potential for inner calm and peace.” She quotes the Dalai Lama–“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” As I stood next to her massive sculpture, I had to suppress an almost irresistible urge to touch the work. Scarlett’s quiet sculpture does radiate inner peace. To learn more about Scarlett and her work, click here.
The next sculpture by Gil Bruvel, was Inspired by the movement of the wind. If you look closely, you can see that the work portrays the “ribbons of energy” (in the artist’s words) that flow over us when we are brushed by the wind. Even though the work is crafted in steel, it has a light and airy quality. The sculpture is situated in an ideal location– on a windy piece of land adjacent to the Grand River. Gil describes the sculpture in spiritual terms. The subject is “the seeker” who is both in the moment and “grounded in the world.” For me, his work shows the beautiful and dynamic interplay between us and nature. To learn more about Gil Bruvel and his work, click here.
Imagine that you’re invited into an abandoned building. As you wander through the deserted space, you are surrounded by peeling plaster and vestiges of former grandeur of a turn-of-the-century hotel. You walk down the dark basement stairs and are startled to see skateboarders moving through the shadows. At first, I wondered if they were real people, dodging in and out of the purple light and shadows.
In fact, the building was a massive installation in this year’s Art Prize, with installations on every floor, as well as performances. It’s not surprising that the judges voted Site:Lab, as the best venue in Art Prize. In fact one critic raved,
Every time I’ve ever seen one of these shows, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. And I think SiTE:LAB . . . should be in Frieze, Basel, Basel Switzerland, Basel Miami, everyplace. . . . I just think it’s some of the best, most witty and creative, open. Chaotic. In the best sense of the word. They bring the chaos, where new order comes from. -Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine
Finally, I’ll close my post by sharing a link to the “dreamy” work of Sara K. Byrne–a professional photographer whose work was featured in this week’s edition of the photo journal 500 px.
Which image is your favorite? Why? Do they conjure up the word dreamy for you? Why or why not? Enjoy!
To see other intriguing interpretations of this week’s theme, click on the links below: