"Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?"
Edgar Allan Poe
The exhibition takes its title from a work by Sabine Tress, ‘A dream within a dream’, 2014. The Edgar Allan Poe poem which it shares the same name with is a poem about trying to distinguish between reality and fantasy.
In a similar way to dreaming, the activity of abstract painting often treads the line between reality and fantasy, sometimes it is hard to separate the two from each other. The unconscious state of dreaming offers us access to different memories and ideas, whilst in painting we can often look back at created paintings and realise that something has been included in the work from a previous memory.
The fully immersive activity of creating an abstract painting, with the full involvement, and the enjoyment of the process can create a kind of flow. This cognitive flow is a well accepted an idea proposed by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Cognitive flow suggests that some activities creates an energized focus, and results in all your attention being put into the task at hand with no more attention being left for anything else. There is a merging of action and awareness as well as improvement of performance which results in a intrinsically rewarding experience.
The focus of flow can offer clear goals and direction which in turn offers great feedback, giving the painter the feeling that their actions matter and have a real effect on the painting and world.
A Dream within a Dream continues a thread of Pluspace exhibitions, such as Painted Thought (2014), Without an Edge there is no Middle (2013), Form / Function (2013) and Meditations (2013), that examines contemporary painting.
Every Saturday / 12.30 - 17.30
17th May - 7th June
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