LUCID DREAMING

Lucid dreaming involves a blurring of the frontier between waking and dream states–between what is considered real and unreal, logical and illogical. Among the most celebrated and deliberate efforts to harness lucid dreaming was Surrealism, which reconsidered the traditional concept of beauty by placing it under an uncanny and obsessional light. But artists have always allowed the oneiric lyricism of the dreamworld to slip into their work, either advertently or inadvertently. As in Henri Fuseli’s The Nightmare, representations of dreaming figures are often symbolically accompanied by eroticism and death. Painting today continues this displacement between dream and reality, pressing the viewer to reestablish an equilibrium between complex dualities like pain and pleasure or presence and absence.