Books You Might Not Have Read Yet: Dreams

Published May 27, 2009 by Molly


Dreams chronicles in pencil drawings and UPPER CASE LETTERS the artist Jim Shaw’s dreams from 1987-1995. Here’s the interesting thing: it is entertaining. Here’s why: because all dreams are the same. Or they are the same and not the same. Imagine if everyone had the an identical Boggle board in their brain but imagined the letters in infinite combinations. Shaw’s book is a realization along those lines.

Therefore, there are elements of Shaw’s unconscious that you may recognize from your own. Foggy freeways, Orson Welles, bumper cars, scantily-clad Native Americans : this is what dreams are made of.

Smart Art Press produced a second printing of the book last year. The result is worth stowing beneath your pillow.

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