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Metharealistic Paintings from Astrid Adler Exhibition


The exhibition can be seen during the opening hours of Clare County Museum from 3rd - 22nd March 2008.

As a young girl, she attended art classes in the birth town Brühl, near Cologne, of Dada grounder Max Ernst. The study of Surrealistic painters were part of her secundary education.

To achieve dreamlike effects upon canvas, Ernst invented many techniques. One of these, first noted by Leonardo da Vinci, is that of observing strange shapes in natural objects. Salvador Dali called that the “paranoic Method”. It is an interpretation of the image, depending on the level of imagination of the viewer, where in the one image, there can be seen different motives.

To achieve this very imaginative dream landscapes automatic painting is one of the surrealistic technieques used. The hand is allowed to move absent-mindedly over the canvas and by doing so letting the subconscios emerge. The artist can then develop images based on what is seen.

Adlers work is clearly influenced by the Surrealistic painters. But she developed a practice with the unconscious which allowes her to guide her mind to archetype images. That is what makes her work Metarealistic. It does not show subconcious randomness but moves beyond psychological consciousness.

It tells of old mythology and wilderness, it is a spiritual interpretation of other dimensions. It shows us that there is more to reality than appears at first sight.


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