Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid recently reviewed Emerson Contemporary’s newest exhibition, which runs through August 30 at the 25 Avery Street Gallery at night. “Submersive Dreams” features digital video animations by Cuban-American visual artist Allison Maria Rodriguez.
Foster Chair of Art Theory and Practice and Curator in Residence Leonie Bradbury curates and directs the contemporary visual art gallery.
The videos are gorgeous to look at, as compulsively gratifying as candy corn. But what are they about? Society often frowns on fantasy as an escapist retreat, and Rodriguez offers a corrective: Fantasy as salvation, a source of solace, a place of regeneration. More than that, and maybe especially for artists, it is a superpower.