Now open at the Black Gallery wing of DiXmiX Gallery is an exhibition by Mile Cantelou entitled Lucid Dreams. As an admirer of Miles’ work, the opening of this exhibit was one of two I very much wanted to attend – my problem being, they were both taking place at the same time, and in the end, events within SL conspired to keep me from making both of them.
Those familiar with Miles’ work will know that his pieces tend to be boldy stated and processed, resulting in a very unique look and feel to the extent that Lucid Dreams is very much an apt title: observing his work is very much akin to entering – or recalling – a dream; one lucid enough for us to give it shape and form, yet elusive enough to encourage us to look deeper and harder, to understand what we are seemingly being told.
Within the fourteen pieces displayed at DiXmiX is ample demonstration of Miles’ ability to compose not only an image, but an entire story within a frame, his use of colour, monochrome and layered effects each becoming a singular voice within each tale displayed.Quite where this stories might take us is a further beauty held within Miles’ art; boldly textured, they often offer us a glimpse of a place we’ve visited or be focused on something we’re familiar with, thus our thoughts are prodded in one direction, but at the same time, we are pulled in another as well take in the complete image, not only its look, but its feel as well. Thus again, as with a sense of conscious dreaming, we see not necessarily what is there, but what is suggested by the artist’s touch and words….