"For Illusion Isn’t The Opposite Of Reality"
Opening: Tuesday 19 January 2010, 6-8pm
Dates: 19 January-5 February 2010
'For Illusion Isn’t The Opposite Of Reality' is a cross disciplinary exhibition consisting of two bodies of work. Both explore traditions of storytelling and the construction of visual borderlands that embody both reality and fantasy. Down a Rabbit Hole (2008) and Performing Metamorphosis (2009) are waking dreams where the lived and the imagined purposely collide. Reflections on binary opposites woven together to create tension and contradiction between fear and desire, memory and fantasy, the light-hearted and the grotesque. Fiction and fantasy represent endless possibilities for crossing boundaries and discovering the vulnerable and uncanny within the safety of imagination. From a tradition of seeing the world as paired sets of dualities, monsters and hybrids are born to embody a fear of, and an attraction to, what is partly, or completely, unknown. If we can dream our dreams into being perhaps we also (by laws of balance) birth our own nightmares. Perhaps it is all an illusion. Despite our struggles and convictions, we are ultimately not the masters of our own minds.