Trying to live life with sandy toes and laughter

My interest in Surrealistic Art was sparked by Dr. Suess…

I can’t wait for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibit to open up! The Colour of My Dreams THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN ART officially opens this Saturday but I had the opportunity to attend the Curator Dawn Ades’s lecture last night. I’ve always thought of Salvador Dali as one of my favourite artist but Dawn really opened up my appreciation for surrealism. Here are 4 things that stood out for me from the lecture:

1. While surrealism is known to be linked with Freud and the need to analyse our dreams, the artist’s translation of this often were satirical and humorous statements about the world and society. Makes sense when you think about it… peel away the layers of our conscious and the heavy thoughts that stick tend to be our concern for the world we live in. Humour always helps digest hard truths.

2. Surrealist exhibits back in the day were not just about the paintings but how they were displayed and the environment created. Dawn had some great historical shots of exhibits where galleries were transformed. No white walls full of paintings. Can’t wait to see how the Vancouver Art Gallery has tried to recreate this type of surreal environment (a challenge for sure since the pieces being displayed are now so valuable).

3. Some of the original Surrealist artists spent time here in British Columbia and were inspired by BC aboriginal art. So much so that they collected some of the masks and totems. Some of the native art has been returned and is now on loan to the Gallery for this exhibit. I can just imagine how the aboriginal art would have inspired the artists with its blend of animal and human worlds.

4. The last slide we saw in the lecture was a painting by Leonora Carrington (who sadly passed away at the age of 94 the day they hung it at the VAG exhibit). It struck me how much you could really get lost in the painting. I think it reminded how I could spend hours as a kid staring at Dr. Seuss illustrations in my own daydream. So I guess while these artists attempted to capture their dreams, digesting their work can take you into your own dream world and imagination. There are so many fun gaps in reality left for you to fill in however you want.

Go see it if you can, there’s also Nosferatu, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and even Betty Boop cartoons!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on May 27, 2011 by in Having Fun and tagged , , , .


Loved the ride up to @barkervillebc I'm a sucker for historic towns. #goldrushtrail #explorebc so far we've made our way up #seatoskyhighway #duffylakeroad #route97 #cariboohighway next up @route16_ca #motorcycleroadtrip #suzukitu250x is rocking it.
Howe Sound view from the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Did my first ride of the Sea-to-Sky highway today. So much fun. Lots of corners but also lots of space since the hwy expansion in 2010. I remember driving this back in the 90's when it was single lanes. So much safer now. Did an amazing morning yoga class at the top. Highly recommend trying it! Classes start at 9:45 every weekday morning (taught by @northyoga_ ). Today's class was Yang to Yin... a perfect mix of flow and deep stretches for all levels #yoga #explorebc #seatoskyhighway #seatoskygondola #roadtrip #girlsthatride #moto #view #nature #yogainnature #yogaview #motorcycle
Found this lovely oasis on my ride back from #harrisonhotsprings #explorebc #mission #girlsthatride #waterfall #cascadefalls #roadtrip #britishcolumbia #mototrip #scenic7 #highway7
Uluwatu is gorgeous. Ancient temple that sits on a cliff. Protected by some cranky monkeys. My driver overcharged me on the way there. I sat down for a second in the parking lot to figure it out and this huge monkey comes out of nowhere, snatches my phone and hisses at me. His teeth were huge, keep my $1000 iphone. Someone came and helped by feeding the monkey so he'd drop my phone. I was told they are particularly nasty in the morning because they haven't eaten yet. Me too monkey. Me too. . But the view 🌊 . . #bali #baliindonesia #uluwatu #monkey #uluwatutemple #monkeyfight #view #indonesia
Hanging out in Nusa Dua for a few days. The Ritz is gorgeous. Beautiful grounds, right on a white sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. . . . #bali #baliindonesia #nusadua #beach #resort #theritz
Love exploring all the funky cafes in Bali. I was worried that with a nut 🥜 allergy in Indonesia my food options would be limited. Not at all. Flip through the slideshow for some of my favourite dishes so far. . . . #food #bali #indonesia #ubud #seminyak #canggu #peanutallergy #balifood the last pic is of my breakfast at #anggahomestay . . Thanks @josieinbc and @localwanderer for the tips!


%d bloggers like this: