'Traumdenken 2000' by Robbie Motion and Sam Clague
OPENING: WEDNESDAY JULY 01, 5.30-7PM
RUNNING FROM JULY 02-18 (WED-SAT 11AM-2PM)
MEANWHILE are excited to present Traumdenken 2000, by Robbie Motion and Sam Clague
Translated literally from German as dream-thinking, traumdenken refers to the absurd and suggestible logic experienced in the unconscious mind's dream state. All will be familiar with the innate leaps of judgement so common in dreams, in which effect is taken for cause, and the most outlandish propositions are accepted in an instant, giving rise to extreme wonderment upon waking and discovering the folly of one’s own mind. The portmanteau traumdenken was coined by Friedrich Nietzsche, and refers not only to literal dreams, but also to the dreamlike waking states of the forgotten and formative eras of human evolution.
Paintings from both practitioners engage with the notion of traumdenken, in which stylistic conceits and conceptual devices from a vast array of artistic traditions are incorporated in intuitive amalgamations. Alongside Robbie and Sam’s paintings, Sam’s improvised sculptural installations respond to the idiosyncrasies of MEANWHILE’s architecture, illuminating alternately sinister and playful moments of material and conceptual interconnectivity.
About the artists:
Robbie Motion is an artist and illustrator, currently living and working in Pōneke. Robbie holds an BA in Art History from the University of Otago and has recently shown at Hunters & Collectors (2020) and Thistle Hall (2019).
Sam Clague is an artist, currently living and working in Pōneke. Sam holds an BFA Hons (1st Class, majoring in oil painting) from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Ōtautahi and has recently shown at Sosâge (2019) and RM Project Space (2019) as RM’s Summer Resident.