The Vancouver Art Gallery is currently home to a five month exhibit called The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. The exhibit forced me to buy a membership to the gallery (not a bad idea anyway), as I wanted to go several times, and I'm just getting back today from my six or seventh visit. It's great to be able to spend time with art like this- some days I only drop in for an hour or so, and stay in only one room, sometimes with only a few pieces. Many artists have stood out for me, and many things have struck me about the exhibit and the overall oeuvre of the Surrealists. I intend to write a longer piece on the Surrealists for Beams soon, and as several other of the Vancouver based Beams writers have also gone to the exhibit, we plan on putting together a Six Perspectives On piece on the subject as well (the 'Six Perspectives On' being an original Beams literary form). Today I wanted to share a few paintings by the Surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann, someone I'd never heard of before the exhibit, but whose work has struck a chord for me, attracting me for whatever reason. Here's a small sampling of his paintings below. What arises for you when viewing the paintings? What's going on in these images?
Melusine and the Great Transparents