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Exhibition runs from 6pm, 29 May - 3pm, 11 June 2015

Surrealism of the late 1910s and early 20s responded to the social and political changes of the early 20th century. Responding to the maelstrom of modern life, the Surrealists sought to deconstruct visual reality and propose a way of thinking dissonant to the status quo. Cementing the movement with André Breton's Manifesto Of Surrealism in 1924, the intellectual movement was founded with the concept of free thinking. That is, the mind was not bound to visual perceptions of reality. While the conceptual foundations of Surrealism deeply informed the aesthetics of the artworks, the aesthetics themselves became a universally reconisable motif.

That, therefore, leaves the contemporary adaptions of that which is considered visually 'surreal' in uncertain terms as they relate to the conceptual foundations of the movement. Over one-hundred years since the inception of the movement, how does free thinking manifest in 2015 as compared to, say, 1914?

Brunswick Street Gallery's New Surrealism exhibition seeks to explore the dialogue of the longstanding aesthetic tradition to the contemporary landscape of abstract thought. Exploring themes of the mind, subconscious, visual juxtapositions and the subversion of reality, New Surrealism is a survey of contemporary surrealist artists.

The reality of the 21st century is greatly different to the birth of modernism, most significantly through the introduction and influence of the internet. Our perceptions of reality have already stretched beyond what was believed to be possible in the last ten years. Such an extreme phenomenon can be considered to be a parallel experience of extreme change with the introduction of industry, abstract money and transport at the beginning of the 20th century. In recognising this shift, it is therefore important to be tracing contemporary artists use of Surrealist tendencies in tracing the contemporary landscape of change and new horizons.

Colin Palethorpe (image), Belinda Sinclair, Kathy Westfold, Ben Holgate, Brad Payne, Jessica Pedevski, Peter Gresham, Bruno Pasqualini, Jay Doldrums, John Austin, Tony Alston, Susan Illingworth, Loughie Alston, Kirsty Quarrell, Alicia Maroto, Kate Burton, Chris Hazell, Jacqueline Butterworth, Christopher Strong, Swift CTRLV, Peter Rowe, Rob Gudan, Kay Lyon, Madeleine Scott, Meli de Groot, Annette Phillips, Ben McGill, Rowena Hannan, Chris Gooch, Karina Patten, Nicole McTaggart