From the JNAAG Permanent Collection
March 7 – June 15, 2014
Whatever I have accepted until now as most true has come to me through my senses. But occasionally I have found that they have deceived me, and it is unwise to trust completely those who have deceived us even once. – René Descartes
Moonlit Mystics features twenty works from the permanent collection, introducing themes of dreams, spirituality, and mysticism. Associative recollection and intimate beliefs will guide viewers through the exhibition, resonating into unexpected connections rooted in personal histories and experiences. Colour, shape, and texture coalesce toward an intuitive nudge into narrative, gently wrapping the ideas in one’s head together. An oppositional ground provides the setting for the viewer to establish a sense of place amongst the light/dark and good/evil dichotomies of the exhibition, and by extension the world around us.
The act of dreaming provides evidence that the senses we trust to distinguish reality from illusion should not be fully trusted. This requires a certain amount of questioning, seeking, and remembering from each of us. What is it that you are experiencing and what connections are being made to your personal history?
Social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for the sacred, where the sacred is broadly defined as that which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration. However you identify with spirituality, Moonlit Mystics encourages casting a wide net, and when the net is pulled back in, to not being afraid of what might appear.
Mystics, whether theistic or not, see their experience as part of a larger undertaking aimed at human transformation and not as an end in itself. In general, mysticism would best be thought of as a constellation of distinctive practices, discourses, texts, institutions, traditions, and experiences aimed at human transformation.
Moonlit Mystics features rarely seen work by the following artists:
Louis de Niverville