Founded in the 1920s, Surrealism is an artistic and literary movement about liberating thought and language from the constraints of rationalism. Value is placed on the unconscious and dreams.
“I have always felt a deep fascination with the unconscious mind in relation to what an artist creates,” says Blue Rain Gallery’s executive director Denise Phetteplace, who opens the gallery’s “Surrealism Show” on April 27.
“The artists we have chosen to present in this show are all channeling some deeply psychological narrative in their work-some laced with humor, some soft and poetic, some charming and fantastical and some dark and mysterious.”
Among the show’s artists is Carrie Pearce, whose paintings are loosely inspired by old photos but created out of her imagination.
“I like to start with a figure, a person, but particularly one I don’t know,” she explains. “As I paint, I ask myself about these people. Sometimes I name them. I create stories about them. They become close to me.”
Pearce hunts for early 20th century photos at estate sales and antique stores, looking for characters that capture her eye and heart. She places them in paintings with objects that catch her fancy. Imaginary worlds emerge in her work.
“The worst thing is finishing a painting because I experience separation anxiety,” Pearce says. “I wonder who will take this painting home.”
A native of Illinois, Pearce has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia where she graduated with honors. Her current artistic style began developing in 2007 after seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci.
“I paint emotional portraits, not portraits of people,” she says. “Explaining a painting for me is like trying to explain a dream.”
Blue Rain’s “Surrealism Show” also features recent work by Joshua Franco, Randall LaGro, Mark Pugh and Evgeniya Golik. “As a whole, these artists represent the broad spectrum of today’s Surrealism,” Phetteplace adds.