Bruce Silverstein / 20 is pleased to announce The Key of Dreams, a photographic-based installation by artist Eileen Neff.
“[T]he appearance of the figure rediscovers its mysterious virtue when it is accompanied by its reflection. In effect: a figure appearing does not evoke its own mystery except at the appearance of its appearance.”
Drawing on a practice of constructed images, and exploring the poetics of perception and questions of presence, The Key of Dreams includes a selection of discrete images along with one larger picture of the pictures themselves. Having borrowed the title from René Magritte’s painting The Key of Dreams, Neff has expanded on its conceptual framework to continue her photographic investigations, creating a labyrinthine cycle for the viewer’s reflection. Each image not only decodes the others but also raises pertinent questions about its own elemental meaning. The proximity of the individual elements within the installation encourages cross-referencing and offers a continuous contextualizing and re-contextualizing of the parts, all the while challenging the reading of the installation as a whole.