In the beginning of the 20th century artists and writers consciously attempted to use the experience of dreaming as a source of inspiration for their work.
“For instance, surrealist Salvador Dali would lie down and place a glass on the floor. He would then put one end of a spoon on the edge of the glass and hold the other end between his fingers. As he drifted into the first stage of sleep, Dali’s fingers would naturally relax and release the spoon. The sound of the spoon crashing into the glass would then wake him up, and Dali would sketch the odd images that were drifting through his mind.”
With Drop The Spoon we aim to explore this boundary between sleeping and waking, a boundary which touches on the indefinite and the infinite, the surreal and the mysterious, the abstract and the methaphoric.
With the silent use of imagery we portray beauty, meaning and inspiration opening doors to other worlds, dimensions and comprehension.
by Anthony Alvarado
1 comfortable chair, preferably of the cushy recliner variety
1 metal spoon
1 metal bowl or large ceramic plate
notepad and pencil
time – about half an hour depending on current state of alertness