The Key of Dreams

Bruce Silverstein/20, 2009

Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Excerpt from press release, “The Key of Dreams”:

“[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.” René Magritte

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”, Eileen 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.

Neff moves freely between generic representations – tables, birds, and landscapes – and the sheer abstract play of other images, further bolstering the cycle of questions and sense of wonder. Within this process Neff’s images appear at once to be both moving and still, both two and three-dimensional, ultimately evoking what is both internal and external simultaneously.

Installation view 1, including Thoreau, This and That, Dickinson, Birds I, The Field and the Plane, and Beckett

Installation view 2, including Birds I, The Key of Dreams, and Tops

The Key of Dreams
C-print mounted on aluminum, 72 x 98 ¾ inches

Birds II
C-print mounted on aluminum, 40 x 60 inches

C-print mounted on aluminum, 18 x 37 inches