Dream Machines

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"Dream Machines" is number four in an ongoing series of Arts Council exhibitions, selected by artists working to a defined curatorial theme. It opened in Dundee in February, spent the summer in Sheffield and arrives in London later this week.

"Dream Machines" is number four in an ongoing series of Arts Council exhibitions, selected by artists working to a defined curatorial theme. It opened in Dundee in February, spent the summer in Sheffield and arrives in London later this week.

The selection this time was made by Susan Hillier and her theme relates (albeit loosely) to ideas that have often appeared in her own work - psychological borderlands as she calls them, dreams in other words, and the balance between our conscious and unconscious selves. It's an ambitious subject and an ambitious exhibition which harnesses a bizarre mixture of work from the 1920s to the present day. Much of it is mysterious, and much just odd, though the overall impression is a seductive and slightly fragile one.

Inevitably, and rightly, there's an element of Hillier's personal taste at play, enforced by the inclusion of her own work, but the reach of the show is much wider than this might suggest and includes artists as diverse as Giacometti, Bourgeois, James Turrell and Gilbert & George.

'Dream Machines', Camden Arts Centre, London NW1 (020-7435 2643) from Friday 8 September

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