“Sing Silent Songs, they dream too long, their memories just stare”
Internal and external worlds of childhood daydreaming and flights of fancy are inspiration for this show. The title comes from Scott Walkers 1968 surreal song ‘Plastic Palace People’ which describes the imaginary ascent of Billy, seemingly propelled by a balloon tied to his underwear.
The show mirrors the mood and trajectory of the song, beginning with Matthew’s paintings. They evoke personal narratives and memory, set indoors in simple domestic environments, these moments of quiet reverie and reflection. The subjects are solitary, silent, their minds elsewhere.
Paul’s painted dreamscapes go on to describe a dark whimsy, near abstractions of forgotten memories, places and dreams. The landscapes seem continually on the brink of collapse and regeneration.
Wendy’s wax sculptures explore the transition between childhood and becoming an adult. The relationship between children and dolls, and children and adults/ their future selves inspire uncanny manifestations.
David’s cabinets are inspired by furniture owned by parents and grandparents during his childhood. The teak finish and curved shape combine and confuse seventies and thirties styles, producing familiar but mysterious objects.