Daydream from 2013
curated by Matthew Flaherty
Sam Anderson, Olivia Erlanger, Anna Glantz, Rose Marcus, Alissa McKendrick, Marlie Mul, Libby Rothfeld
Regarding human presence and obsolescence.
A real figure A. B. C.
And when you are on TV make sure to waive to the audience.
Sometimes when I’m walking to the store I notice a familiar odor and can’t help to stop.
Fantastical, majestic, ominous, cavernous, precocious…Mannequins and drumming with your fingertips.
Hand sanitizers with aloe. Dreams with a breeze. Chicken and waffles.
Where were you when you were 22?
Daydreaming is a detachment from reality–it is a break into our subconscious through fantasy from the mundane and the everyday/here and now. The exhibition is about the fantastical and other-worldly with a little whimsy.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris is a 1972 Russian sci-fi film based on the novel by Stanislew Lem that centers around psychologist Kris Kelvin who travels to the space station on the ocean planet Solaris. He journeys to Solaris to evaluate three scientists’ condition as they are sending confusing messages back to Earth.
While inside his locked quarters alone, Kelvin wakes up from a restless sleep and encounters his wife, Hari, even though she died ten years ago. The crew determines that the planet is a sentient being that can manifest past or present loved ones and people into reality. Hari re-appears and later becomes more self-aware as an apparition or a projection from Kelvin’s memory. Kelvin with the remaining scientists, Snaut and Sartorius, decide to send Kelvin’s brainwaves to Solaris in order to stop the apparitions or visitors from returning.
The first and last scene of the film are near similar as Kelvin is at his father’s house near the lake. It is revealed that Kelvin is on an island in the middle of the ocean on Solaris–reconnecting with his memories in real time.