Smithtown Township Arts Council is pleased to present Glimpses of Surrealism at Mills Pond Gallery Saturday, July 7 through Saturday, August 4. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, July 7 at 2 pm to meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy poetry by George Wallace, music by Sal Santiago, dance by Wendi Weng, and view the art. The gallery is located at 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780. All parking in rear lot off Mills Pond Rd. (directly across from 199 Mills Pond Rd.)
Surrealism was the 20th century art movement that explored the hidden depths of the 'unconscious mind'. The surrealists sought a new kind of reality, a heightened reality that they called 'surreality', which was found in the world of images drawn from their dreams and imagination. They sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. By employing fantasy and dream imagery, artists generated creative works in a variety of media that exposed their inner minds in eccentric, symbolic ways. Although Surrealism is most usually associated with anything that seems odd, uncanny, or freaky, initially surrealist art was romantic and revolutionary in its goals. The Surrealism movement has had a lasting impact on painting, sculpture, literature, photography and film. Surrealism has never disappeared as a creative artistic principle.
The works and artists exhibited illustrate a few of the varied ways in which surrealism survives today as a diverse and viable visual vocabulary. Exhibiting artists.Michael Krasowitz, Lauren Matsumoto, Louise Millmann, Mark Strodl, Damon Tommolino