Clytie Baobao, Henny Valentino, Giacomo Layet
In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness. ‘Unconsciously yours’ taps into the continuity of consciousness between dreaming and waking. Drifting in thought or into sleep, the artists in this exhibition bring to the surface narratives of real events that happened in daydreams, sleep, deep thought or during time travel. Drawing on memories from childhood, Clytie Baobao’s soft sculpture and spikey illustrations live on the border of fantasy and reality. Clytie creates artificial beings which both project and shelter the personal, hopes and longings from the outside world. Giacomo Layet’s combination of hand carved sculptures, murky drawings and found objects bring into being mythical mysteries inspired by his discoveries in dreamworlds, personal narratives and his own backyard. Henny Valentino drifts into a daydream, leaving traces of a collision in the form of metal sculptures, mesh, and textures. Through automatic writing and automotive references, Valentino renders a cataclysmic vision he had in a dream that ended in the long sleep. Jung believed that dreams conveyed what was really going on with the dreamer. Like a headworm digging through lost memories and secret desires, ‘Unconsciously yours’ unearths personal inescapable truths, illusions, wild fantasies, plans and anticipations, irrational experiences, even telepathic visions. They may feel outlandish but they’re all yours.