Conscious vs. the Unconscious mind

Curated by Grace Loiselle
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Surrealism has always been an interest of mine. It is an artistic and literary movement that first gained popularity in the 1920s. For the art world, its main objective then was to reunite the conscious and unconscious through visual stimulation. As it did then, today surrealism presents an ultimate reality that can be used to provoke discussion about the world surrounding us. In this exhibition I will present two very important types of surrealism that are still used today. Back then surrealism was expressed artistically in paintings but today we can take it another level through digital technology. Automatism and Veristic surrealism were both defined in famous paintings by Andre Masson and Salvador Dali. Automatism is the part of surrealism art that plays a major role in the unconscious mind. At first glance the artwork may seem unusual, unexpected, unclear and sporadic. It is an act of creation which allows chance to play a role in the unconscious mind through free association such as the use of dreams and trance-like images. Automatism allows there to be mystery and it is left for the viewer to interpret the meaning. Well known automatists are Andre Masson and Jackson Pollock. Through the use of abstract shapes, space, and lines we are able to perceive their work through our own interpretation. It is best described as atmospheric expierence. Veristic surrealism, on the other hand, is easier to interpret. The viewer isn’t presented with a mystery but rather a comprehensible view into the artists’ mind. Veristic surrealism focuses more on clarity and great detail. This exhibition will focus on works that can be examined as automatic or veristic work s and can also be clearly defined as either. I will provide 10 pieces that can be compared and help the viewers understand the difference.

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