Imitation of Unconscious Life


Paste Magazine spots a sheep:

It wouldn’t be surrealism if it didn’t make you wonder, if only for a second, what on Earth you are looking at. A limited-edition cabinet made from a taxidermied sheep is one of the latest furniture designs for BD Barcelona Design’s Dali Collection, a line of furniture dedicated to Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca referenced the 1942 Dali painting “Interpretation project for a stable-library” that includes a lamb with a drawer sliding out from its stomach and a telephone balanced on its back.

I've been keeping an eye out for signs that Surrealism isn't dead after all. I haven't seen many signs that it is. This poor sheep is in the style of Surrealism, not the real thing, at least as Andre Breton defined it in his 1924 Surrealist Manifesto: "Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express…the actual functioning of thought…in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern." But somebody is trying to make a style out of tapping into the superior reality of the unconscious. 

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