The Cape Gallery’s annual Winter Solstice Exhibition comes to town

The world of art and interior design are very closely linked. We love keeping a close eye on our local artists and exhibitions taking place – to be inspired by beautiful artwork that we can easily translate into our living spaces.

Coming up in June, the Cape Gallery’s annual Winter Solstice exhibition will be introduced by Jeremy Lawrence on Thursday 1 June at 6pm. The exhibition will be on from 1 June to 1 July 2017 and will have a variety on offer under the theme of ‘Dream now, Dream not’.

What can visitors expect?

What has emerged in 2017 is an opportunity for viewers to peep through the keyhole to reveal fragments of the unconscious mind, a fascinating collection of artworks in different media, from painting to graphics, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture, to name a few.

Dream now, dream not

Consider the drift of sleep where dreams, unbounded by the contentions and stark realities of our waking existence, carry us to shores where strange fantasies cloak our desires. Dreams have spanned the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and literature as human nature compels us to attempt to rationalise our experiences. They are impervious to chronology and other constraints of the material world, often demanding that the subject surrenders to chaos and symbolism in pursuit of understanding and wish fulfilment.

The process can border on the absurd. Humour is another way to uncover life’s ironies and absurdities. Opening speaker, Jeremy Lawrence’s book titled, Foibles: Ruthless Rhymes for the Modern Age reveals a keen observation of character noting individual foibles. Wilna van der Walt looks at Jung’s theories about active imagination, uncovering the self, accepting both conscious and unconscious.

Her oil painting titled ‘In awe’ depicts the shock as the conscious personality experiences the unconscious as a reality. Carol Mangiagalli and Normand Dunn have embraced a naïve style with a sophisticated understanding of composition and subject matter. They display an appreciation of fantasy, strongly emphasising the narrative, with symbolic characters making appearances in the work of both artists. Normand Dunn often embraced the chaotic, exhibiting a unique comprehension of ironic comedy.

The thread of humour is carried through the exhibition by David Kuijers’ signature light-heartedness, as well as Peter Midlane’s dark humour in the Departure Lounge series. Peter van Straten offers other-worldly oil paintings, celebrating human existence and the ecstasy/madness caused by the pursuit of the unattainable, while Judy Woodborne exhibits a triptych from the Samsara series, looking at the creative unconscious and the ebb and flow of life that we are born into.

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