This ever-popular, year-end show inspires our creative patronship to create a submission based on a given theme. "Dream Logic" is an open-ended and versatile theme that's sure to ignite diverse, thoughtful responses. At first sight, Dream Logic seems to hold a contradiction of terms. When we dream our visions could seem complete and coherent. But in waking, things change and distort. Both sides of the same coin, let dreams and logic inspire your creative beginnings. Awards will be presented to the top three entrants from each category at the official opening reception on Wednesday, December 16.
Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg
Artist and Expressive Arts Therapist
Curator of Exhibitions
Visual Art Centre, Clarington
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Thanks to all that voted.
The winner will be announced on Facebook January 21 at 6 pm.
1st Place - Aiden Lauder
TITLE: If...2020 Were a Video Game?!
MEDIUM: Watercolour & pen
JURORS' COMMENTS: This is great, contained narrative. Well executed, with nice line work and colour washes.
2nd Place - Nicole Lahay
TITLE: Totem Pole of Dreams
JURORS' COMMENTS: It’s fresh, direct and charming. Really interesting and great colour choice. We like how the composition uses the whole page and everything is well put together.
3rd Place - Lia Merrifield
TITLE: Invisible to Myself
MEDIUM: Pencil crayon
JURORS' COMMENTS: Totally adorable!
1st Place - Kaidence Green
MEDIUM: Mixed media, pen liner + coloured pencil
JURORS' COMMENTS: We’re glad you submitted this piece. We enjoy seeing the subtle line work. This feels like a vivid dream in all its nightmarish details. Also, your work is professionally presented. Well done!
2nd Place - Aarya Chaudhary
TITLE: For Your Eyes Only
MEDIUM: Acrylic pouring & graphite on canvas
JURORS' COMMENTS: Nicely composed with a surreal combination of a galaxy and human anatomy. Great use of light and dark. Excellent movement. Great exploration of media, both drawing and painting materials. A very heart-felt piece.
3rd Place - Tanya Najib
TITLE: Day Dreaming
JURORS' COMMENTS: Very skilled, technical and beautiful. Great attention to detail and a finely controlled value grey scale. Nicely presented in a shadow box. Really captures a realistic likeness in graphite!
1st Place - Amy Shackleton
TITLE: Frosted Glass (Toronto + Minden)
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas
JURORS' COMMENTS: There’s some wonderful, invigorating energy in this work. Here you’ll find deliberate and accidental mark-making. The artist is paying attention to both negative and positive spaces and acknowledges that this painting is a three dimensional piece by “working the edges”. This work makes you stop and think. What is this? It’s familiar yet fictional. It reminds us of something we’ve never seen before. The surreal elements really fit with the exhibition theme and capture the title of the show. It really works well.
2nd Place - Sabrina Ebenreth
TITLE: Disequilibrium in Balance
MEDIUM: Acrylic and oil on canvas
JURORS' COMMENTS: This piece fuses contemporary and traditional approaches. The lines are blurred in this work—literally and metaphorically. It speaks to us as being in between—being stuck—particularly during this global pandemic paradigm which we find ourselves. Confined to digital rigidity and being organic and free. The sharp details and soft blurred moments create a spatial disorientation—a nice tension in the picture. We see a lot of communication in this painting. We enjoy the subtlety, grace and psychological charge of this artist’s expression.
3rd Place - Shirley Heard
TITLE: My Dream Garden
JURORS' COMMENTS: For us this is a painting you can get lost in. It can be appreciated from a far and up close. Although ambiguous, this piece reads as a floral work. This work challenges the viewer to see beyond its abstract, ambiguous shapes. We love the balance and diversity of flowers. We too can appreciate the internal deliberations between impasto clusters and fluid painterly passages. This composition works really well. The artist’s paint strokes seem effortless—it’s controlled chaos—which is a difficult balance to achieve. Congratulations for your originality, intensity and the vivid delicacy of your technique.
MEDIUM: Oil on copper
JURORS' COMMENTS: It’s as though we are entering into a visual epiphany. Within a dream there’s an inherent logic. When you’re dreaming everything makes sense. The artist is making something strange here—and this work has its own logic. If you were to encounter this in a dreamscape, you wouldn’t question this scenario—you’d take it at face value. It makes sense in the moment and this artist’s honesty continues to resonate.