Dreamer’s Feelings is the title of a collaborative 2D and 3D art installation by Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) and CioTToLiNa Xue, which opened at Trésor de l’Art on January 10th, 2018.
The installation is located in a sky gallery, reached via teleport from ground level – which instructions for the best viewing experience can also be found. Those who find the preferred windlight – Ambient Dark – a little to dim to see, might prefer setting their viewer to midnight. Do, however, take note of the need to have Advanced Lighting Model (ALM) enabled. Shadows are not required, so this shouldn’t be too much of a performance hit for most people – however, as the exhibition does use projectors, it is essentially ALM is turned on (if not on by default in your viewer) in order to fully appreciate the installation. Once any adjustments to the viewer have been made, the installation proper can be reached via one of two red teleport discs.
“Dreamer’s Feelings,” the artists note, Is a dreamlike narration through happy feelings.” And so it is visitors travel through a series of halls wreathed within the darkness of night, each offering scenes of colour and expression in which certain motifs – notably that of music – can be found.
Starting from an illuminated pool, the display halls rise step-like, separated one from the next by steps or ghost-like art which stands almost glass-like across entrances or glides like smoke across them (again, it is essential that ALM is enabled to fully appreciate the scenes). In the first hall, hands rise from the watery surface, lights playing over them and they surround a guitar. Close by, two more arms rise from the water, fingers entwined as lovers might hold hands, while images are projected on the marble-like walls.
From this starting point, the remaining halls rise to surround the pool almost entirely, each one offering a mix of 2D art (Maddy) and 3D art and sculptures (Maddy and CioTToLiNa), with some of the motifs freely represented in either format. Directly above the pool float four spheres containing Figures of an angel, who – in three at least – appears to be keeping watch on things.
With the dark environment settings, the projected lights and images drifting around and through the sets, the repeated motifs, this installation has the feel of travelling through a dream – but whether it is your own dream or someone else’s is up to you to decide. Whichever you chose, the art by both Maddy and CioTToLiNa is engaging wnough to warrent visit to Dreammer’s Feelings and spending time wandering through the halls.
- Dreamer’s Feelings (Trésor de l’Art, Osteria, rated: Moderate)