Sponsored by Mary Lou and Andrew Abruzzese, The Pineville Tavern

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. From daydreams to nightmares, images and stories fill our heads helping us to solve problems, explore fantasies and unlock hidden feelings. In a lucid dream—also known as a conscious dream—the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming, and can consciously control characters and settings. This process of ‘constructed visualization’ is something that artists do by their very nature. They consciously create new realities—they dream new worlds—and through the act of giving their dreams physical form, they share their private universes with us, the viewers. Lucid Dreaming focused not only on the active construction of dreamlike imagery by contemporary artists, but also on the body and the dominant role it often plays in dreams.

Artist Lindsay Pichaske‘s ceramic sculptures examine the effects of obsession on the body, while Tina Newberry investigates the construction of one’s own identity by taking on different personas in her paintings.

The collaborative group Subcircle, through their dance films, explores how the dislocation of space impacts one’s understanding of the world.

Stacey Steers creates mixed media collages to use as stills for animations which explore our constructed identity and social interactions.

Through careful blending of charcoal and erasure, Charlotte Schultz creates dreamlike environments in which we can meditate on the influence of television and computer screens on our everyday lives.

Meanwhile, the angles, space, reflections and light in Connie Imboden‘s photographs uncover surreal images of the human body.

The artwork in this exhibit, like our dreams, included recurring elements, unusual juxtapositions of familiar things, and narratives that skew both time and space. But what does it mean? Just as when we wake from a dream, we try to analyze the stories or the significant details we can recall. The dreams recounted in Lucid Dreaming not only tell us about the artists themselves, but reveal prevailing attitudes about the body and its place within contemporary culture.