February 21, 2012

ASSIGNMENT >> To Sleep Perchance to Dream

ASSIGNMENT >> To Sleep Perchance to Dream
Work with personal ideas about sleep and dreams to develop a conceptual approach to the theme. Create original imagery on the sleep/dream theme using digital tools. Images may be illustrative, abstract, photographic or any mix. Experiment with tactile media and iron-on image transfer process to integrate digital imagery onto fabric. Use both compositional space and limited materials inventively to solve this problem. Craft a final mixed-media work that creatively uses both sides of a cotton pillowcase.

FINAL finished pillowcases will be DUE on Monday March 5.

Inspiration on blog:

February 20, 2012

Pillowcase Art / Sleep + Dreams

Look > Printable Pillowcases:

Here is a stop motion music video about sleep + dreams:

"Her Morning Elegance" - from the album "The Opposite Side of the Sea", written and produced by Oren Lavie. © 2009 A Quarter Past Wonderful.
and there are parodies too...

Pillowcases by Miranda July
"Here you will dream of endless kissing" and "Here you will dream of people you admire exposing your fraudulence" pillowcase set.

Captured Dreams:
20 pillows (45x45 cm each), 225 x 180 cm

Why is it always so difficult to memorize the dreams that we have during the night? They usually quickly escape out of our minds as if they were sneaking away and hiding the traces. If we could believe that thoughts find materiality then also our dreams might have the material shape as well. Then where do they actually disappear? Might they be stored somewhere? They can visit our minds several times per night, and often they just slip by barely touching our consciousness for a short while.
 The work "Captured Dreams" is an allegoric attempt to visualize the idea of the existence
of pillows that could capture dreams and display them. As though the latent image is revealed during the photographic procession after putting it in developing chemicals...

Continue reading "Pillowcase Art / Sleep + Dreams" »

The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep (French: La Science des rêves, literally The Science of Dreams) is a 2006 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, and Alain Chabat.

The Art of Sleep

THE ART OF SLEEP, 2006, was commissioned by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES for Tate Museum Online, to coincide with the opening of the Frieze Art Fair in London.
Employing their usual mix of animated black and white typography, jazzy music and humor, the work explores the international contemporary art market from the artists' perspective, through the use of an insomniac narrator musing over its persuasion.

January 20, 2012

Somnio Ergo Sum: I Dream therefore I Exist

Somnio ergo sum is a personal project by artist/designer Dorian Gourg who lives in Paris.
Here is a quote from his website:
Dreaming and developing an esoteric side of one's personality has became the cure to protect ourselves from the undercurrent and ubiquitous philosophy of these times, mercantilism dogmas. By associating a "Back to nature" quest with a material disengagement, we are revisiting the antic beliefs and myths, we are exploring the inmost depths of the human spirit. This is the new purpose of thinking nowadays, not to find our place in the world like Descartes but searching our place amongst others, without loosing our own originality. Escaping from reality to find refuge in the fields of dreams, imagination and surrealism: "We are able to be spiritual therefore we are."

He also has a blog that is full of dreamlike composites and surprising juxtapositions:

Other dream-like collections of images:

February 17, 2011

Sleep, Dreams, + Art Projects

Artists over the ages have used sleep and dreams as a theme for their art projects...

'El Sueno de la Razon Produce Monstrous' by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes 1797/1798

Puvis de Chavannes: The Dream, 1883

'Mary J. MacDonald dreaming of her father [George MacDonald] and brother Ronald'
about 1864

'Headthinker V' by Laura Ford

Various art movements make strong associations between dreams and art:
See Symbolism and Expressionism and Surrealism.

Links to Art + Dreams:

Marc Chagall The Dream 1939

Dreams, Illusions and Memory:

Sleeping and Dreaming

Gothic Nightmares

Henry Fuseli / Satan Starting from the Touch of Ithuriel's Spear 1779

Dream Theories:


Concept of Dreaming in Aboriginal Art

Contemporary artists continue to explore dream imagery through a range of media...

Fuzzy Dreams:

You Were in My Dream

Robert Wilson Installation : Perchance to Dream

© Mark Ryden - The Snow Yak Show, Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2009