Daydreaming at The Yard Gowanus

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Porter Advisory is pleased to continue a presentation of Gowanus based artists’ works at The Yard with Daydreaming, works by Sarah Nicole Phillips, Rachel Selekman and Amy Williams, opening August 15 with a reception with the artists from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at The Yard: Gowanus, 157 13th Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Daydreaming is defined as a short-term detachment from one's immediate surroundings, during which a person's contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.

Attitudes toward daydreaming have changed over centuries. During the industrial revolution daydreaming became synonymous with laziness and thought to corrupt workers. For generations, parents have warned their children of the dangers of daydreaming.

Today we view it much more openly as a creative outlet and a much needed inner wander of our minds. Daydreaming, the exhibition, sets out to offer calming, meditative works to provoke the brain’s natural tendency to wander. 

Sarah Nicole Phillips’ collage works are made of patterned security envelopes in calming subdued color schemes. The monotonous nature of the material engages the mind in a new image to explore and reflect.  The meditative quality of Rachel Selekman’s organic images closely associated with nature are the perfect works to send the viewer into a daydream. Their feminine and masculine attributes balance throughout the exhibition and their surreal combinations spark the creative mind. Amy William’s photographs explore places we wish we were and serve as a friendly reminder of that vacation (or daydream escape) that needs to be planned. 

Daydreaming engages the entrepreneurial minds of the members and visitors to The Yard and inspires them to do their own daydreaming.

Exhibition on view through December 2018.