Fever Dream

Artist: Joseph Reyes

Touring September 2017 – December 2018
Booking Fee: $150 members / $250 non-members

Fever Dream is a celebration of Canadian imagery while using reoccurring fantastic personal imagery (tentacles, insects, etc.). Informing this work is Joseph’s experience growing up in Manitoba and fond recollection of the province. The series uses imagery in non-traditional ways to encourage viewers to find beauty in Canadian experience, expressing it in a non-traditional manner even in the most traditional of mediums, pen and ink. The series is thirty 10”x12” drawings. The work is created using miniscule text and images that portray the artists’ desire to return home to Manitoba.“Living in a foreign country as an expat, art has increasingly become a way for me to express things that would be very difficult to. Thoughts and energy are channelled onto paper as a means to cope with issues, creating something beautiful out of my own internal dialogue.  “ – Joseph Reyes

The small text is meant to play against the average person’s vision and patience. However, the human reflex to read text as well as the inherent joy of being voyeuristic pushes people to try to decipher the miniscule writing. Like most of his works exhibited, the creation of what are essentially public images using visual diaries is an examination of the relationship between the compulsion for public expression and a person’s (the artist’s) need for personal privacy.

Tour Schedule:

Touring September 2017 to December 2018
​exhibition is available to book

Exhibition Dates: November & December 2018 Watson Art Centre Dauphin, MB Website April 2018 The Creative Cocoon Arborg, Manitoba February 2018 & March 2018 Burrows Trails Arts Council McCreary, Manitoba January 2018 The NorVA Centre Flin Flon, Manitoba Website October 1, 2017 Arts Forward Neepawa, Manitoba Website


Dream Audience Engagement:

Accompanying activities include a station set up in the gallery with a stack of sticky notes where the audience can write their thoughts on what they love or take for granted about Manitoba. Other activities include a station with pre-printed Canadian imagery (such as a beaver) the audience can add their own minuscule text of their Manitoban reflections. These activities could be post onto a delegated wall space with sticky tack. Instructions would be provided for this component.

In the works, there are references to traditional imagery like the maple leaf, beavers, and moose, but also parts of Canadian experience that are often overlooked: our love for oil, the Canadian space arm, and Gord Downie. They are all part of Canada. Living as an expat, it is often not the maple leaf that the artist misses; it is the small joys like hearing the McGarrigle sisters sing The Log Driver’s Waltz on television.Joseph’s images act like visual diaries, expressing thoughts and opinions. The text is to be shared with those who are patient enough to read them. The use of small imagery and text is a play on artistic expression versus the need for privacy. No magnification is used in the drawing process and the artist wants viewers to enjoy the images without using magnification as well. The strain of looking at small images and the satisfaction of discovering another image or text within the piece is part of the experience. It is like sharing a secret with the viewer.
Artist Biography
I’m a Canadian artist currently working in Seoul. My work has been featured in exhibitions in Korea and Canada. I often exhibit under pseudonyms, with each pseudonym and made-up biography reflecting a different body of work. I find that the each body of work needs an environment that is separate from the artist. On a few shows, I hired actors to play the part of the artist. I think it’s interesting to see how the audience interacts with the pretend me. 
I grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts with Honours. I had an interest in both sculpture and drawing during my university years, but later focused on drawing. I’ve exhibited in several galleries, submitted works to minor art projects, and sold work for private and public collections. Though it’s always good to have the rare opportunity to exhibit in galleries, I’m always thinking of alternative ways to show art. This is the reason why I experiment with book publishing as way to show art and the use of pseudonyms and actors as stand-ins. My drawing style consists of images made up of smaller images and text. It is a visual diary which allows those who are physically able an intimate window into the artist’s psyche. I enjoy exploring this need for public expression versus the need for personal privacy. I think the style also gives the viewer a sense of accomplishment as well as satisfying their inner voyeur. I also create sculptures as ready-made products. My “Action Figure Expo” featured small sculptures of everyday people, which is a more lighthearted way of critiquing my environment. Samples of my work can be found at http://josephmreyes.com/.