Collective 62 – Miami
11.30.17 // 6—10pm
Some surrealist masters believed that things only put on their true face at the moment of our
awakening. If they were right, the realization of dream elements in the course of waking up, could be
regarded as one of the highest forms of human art. Given enough presence of mind then, one might
seize -as it were- dream images and bring them to waking consciousness, for its own amelioration.
Nina Surel and Gaby Herbstein, Vickie Pierre and Christina Petterson appear determined to do just
this; Individually and collectively, these artists reach back to the dream images which seem best tted
to compensate the hipper activity, the shallowness and the rampant masculinity of our times. Calling
into play mythology and folklore, tradition and imagination, they conjure up the forms in which the
spirit of the postmodern age is more lacking.
Petterson’s performances and Pierre’s assemblages, in as much as Surel’s videos and Herbstein’s
photographs, all convey a deep sense of spirituality and femininity. One that, in turn, requires from
their viewers somewhat serene acts contemplation. Maybe by beholding their surrealist evocations of
feminine mysticism and transcendence, we can all recognize our all too workmanlike dream images as
such, so that we can start awakening the world from this particular dream about itself.