AWT and IDIO gallery are thrilled to present PHANTASMAGORIA, featuring eight women artists from across the country, to celebrate the intersection of dream and wake, fantasy and reality.
In early 19th century Europe, a “phantasmagoria” was a show of theatrical illusions, dream-like spectacle, and public séance. Performed with magic lanterns and rear projections, phantom-like figures would materialize and dissolve, both serving as entertainment and providing space to explore the supernatural and unknown.
Like a modern phantasmagoria, this collection of works on paper taps into the same primal wonder, playing with the shifting shapes and shades of the subconscious and its associative imagery, to explore the intangible. This Phantasmagoria ranges in style from ghostly figuration to complete abstraction, playful primitivism to masterful naïveté, and in intensity from whispers to roars.
Please join us at IDIO Gallery on Friday, January 22, from 6–11PM for a show of beautifully bizarre dreamscapes, feverish hallucinations, and live performance by Nana Ghana to celebrate the magic and enigma of the phantasmagoria. Music provided by DJ Maria Chavez.
Also check out our interview with Gillian Zinser: Gillian Zinser’s Psychogenic Fugue
Curated by Gillian Zinser & Montana Simone | Jan 22 – Feb 8, 2016
IDIO Gallery, 976 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Opening Friday, January 22, 2016, 6–11PM
with performances by Nana Ghana & Maria Chavez
Hannah Rose Dumes
Kimia Ferdowsi Kline
Lola Rose Thompson
Featured image by Kimia Ferdowsi Kline