Subconscious Tendencies

Artsy Editors
Jun 2, 2014 4:15PM

“I’ll wake up with a fragment of a dream, an image, or a vague awareness of something I had been dreaming about and I’ll quickly draw it or write it down.”  Those are the words of American abstract artist Davyd Whaley whose exhibition “Subconscious Tendencies” is currently on display at Galerie Michael.

Much of Whaley’s fascinating work has been inspired by his dreams.  “I believe our subconscious provides answers to most of life’s questions, if we pay close attention, and if we are willing to do something with those answers,” he says.  Whaley is in good company with his technique of subconscious-inspired art.  Artists have been splashing their dreams across canvas for as long as the medium has existed.

It was the early symbolists and surrealists that have become especially well-known for their dream-induced imagery.  Among many others, artists like William Blake, Francisco de Goya, and of course, the Surrealist master Salvador Dalí are known for masterfully rendering their dreams into reality.  According to Dalí, the imagery of melting clocks that became the basis for his most famous work, “The Persistence of Memory,” came to him in a dream.

The inner world of the mind has become a vast resource for those artists that are able to connect with it.  In dreams, everything takes on meaning no matter how bizarre or abstract.  The exploration of this notion by artists like Davyd Whaley has allowed them to create imagery that couldn’t normally be experienced visually such as moods, sensations, emotions.

There is real science behind the power of dreaming as well.  Renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung studied dream interpretation at length, delving deep into his own dreams and recording his findings in a quest to unlock inner wisdom.  He’s noted for saying, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  It’s no surprise that Davyd Whaley has cited the work of Carl Jung as a source of inspiration.

Don’t miss your chance to view “Subconscious Tendencies” for yourself at Galerie Michael on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

 

 

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