Cob and Garters is a collaboration between Cob Gallery and hybrid boutique shop Guts for Garters, which nestles below the gallery space itself. They've curated an exhibition titled “In Dreams”. This collaboration aims to unearth the science of dreaming and sleep by mixing up artistic interpretation with factual exploration. It questions our very being during this transient state, and the potential influences upon our sleep patterns and dreams.
The show features works from both emerging and established artists, working in mixed media. Kate MccGuire’s dramatic feather structures will appear alongside surrealist works from Nancy Fouts, beautiful wax sculptures by Rebecca Stevenson and prints by Nina Fowler. Alongside, archive work from the likes of Juergen Teller, Salvador Dali and William Burroughs provide evidence that this enigmatic subject has so often been explored and noted.
Visitors will be guided through a surrealist labyrinth reflecting different dream states, punctured by the art works themselves. A programme of events includes surreal film nights, “The Rachel Snider tea project" celebrates afternoon tea through performance art, or try an amazing dream feast, featuring dream-inducing morsels.
Besides the gallery, a pop-up shop along Camden High Street will provide extended space for visual arts, public sleep experiments and studies into the effects of hallucinogens. It all makes for a superb interactive exhibition, where there's no chance of nodding off.
In Dreams runs at Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, from 7 June- 27 July. Private view; 6 June 7-9pm.
By Ezelle Alblas