Vikky Alexander, "Heike’s Room," inkjet print on canvas, 136.5 x 217.4 x 3.0 cm.
Organized and curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of The Killy Foundation. Since the origins of Surrealism in the 1920s, the tension between the recognizable and the unfamiliar has inspired and informed artistic practices. Unreal considers contemporary artists’ explorations beyond the rational and looks at the ways in which they delve into ideas around desire, fantasy, anxiety and the absurd. From examinations of human vulnerability to the mining of the unconscious as a source of inspiration to a conscious turn towards the strange and fantastic as a deliberate strategy to counter the cool rationality of conceptual art, this exhibition considers the diversity and innovation with which artists explore the many edges of reality.