Curator Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro proposes the Crypt Gallery beneath St Pancras Church as the site of a “collective dream” for 20 artists, who will use a variety of mediums (no pun intended) to explore the dimensions between art and the subconscious mind. ‘Live in your dreams’ will be on from 27 February – 3 March 2014, with a private view the evening of 26 February 2014.
“A place for the darkest fantasies and strangest reveries”
Over 550 people will be in attendance before the doors open at ‘Live in your dreams’, an upcoming show at The Crypt Gallery in Euston. That is, the crypt under St Pancras Church, now used as a contemporary art gallery, is still home to the buried remains of its original inhabitants.
But don’t worry; you won’t see or hear from The Crypt’s half-thousand sleepers as 20 artists appropriate the space and furnish it with the stuff of fantasy, nightmares, or daydreams, all manifested through the range of art practice, from the physical, such as drawing and sculpture, to the more ethereal experience of performance and sound.
In this unusual show, curator Stephane Verlet-Bottéro hopes to “make room for irrationality and imagination by reversing the order” of the busy city above, one that is “obsessed with rational efficacy and unfaltering productivity.”
This exhibition, Verlet-Bottéro continues, will reflect “a manifold relationship between dreaming and artistic practice [through] a variety of strategies ranging from raw extract of dream memories to lateral analysis of the unconscious process.”
Participating artists: Karina Akopyan, Susan Beattie, Vera Bohl, Susie Calvert, Mona Choo, Valentine Dommanget, Andy Flett, Kelise Franclemont, Jing Hu, Jonathan Kelham, Charlotte Wendy Law, Lingbo Liu, Mary McFerran, Dr Eric Nofzinger, Alexandra Pace, Boris Raux, Teresa Braula Reis, Benjamin Renoux, Hans Richter, and Mehmet Ulusahin
More links and information
- View/download: Live in Your Dreams exhibition catalogue [PDF] – with “The Artist’s Underworld” (essay) by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro
- Information about Current exhibitions at The Crypt Gallery, Euston
- View/download more details: Live In Your Dreams – Press Release [PDF]
- Read more about the work of curator Stephane Verlet-Bottéro
- More about The Crypt in Time Out – Art section:
“If you get the feeling that you’re not alone down there, you’re right – the space still houses the interred remains of its 557 original occupants.”
Exhibition details: ‘Live in your dreams!’ is held in The Crypt Gallery beneath St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA (Entrance on Duke’s Road) from 27 February – 3 March 2014, 12:00 – 6:00pm.
Private view: 26 February 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm.