Andrea Kastner - Inventory of Dreams


April 17th to May 3rd 2014
Opening reception April 17th - 5pm


“The Inventory of Dreams” is a series of paintings that takes account of the uncountable. It is a body of work that traces the haunting nature of our rejected possessions. To gather imagery for this project, Kastner has travelled to landfills, searched through archives, dug through bags of household garbage, and documented the alleyways of the cities she’s lived in. The collages based on this documentation are what she uses to create these paintings: the housing complexes that seem to grow out of mountainous landfills, the skeletal façades and the piles of forgotten things.

At the heart of Kastner’s work is the concept that our trash is akin to our unconscious mind. When we throw away our rubbish at the end of the week, we seal it into a black bag in an act of forgetting, wishing to never see it again. The very idea of someone else glimpsing the contents of our garbage seems incredibly intimate or invasive. Her paintings are something of an act of acknowledgement toward this largely private and unexplored realm of our possessions. Even the landfills are teeming with our stuff, though we choose to disavow it. These mountains of things are a sort of accidental construction of our times, a shadow city built beside the one we live in. Kastner wishes to take a symbolic inventory of these things, to claim them as part of our lives.

Though we may have forgotten, old stories tend to revisit us in our sleep. Our streets and surroundings are shaped by our desires and our choices, the things that we keep and the things that we leave behind. “The Inventory of Dreams” takes stock of the collaged, recycled and surreal world we live in everyday.

Originally from Montreal, Andrea Kastner lives and works in Kamloops in British Columbia. She completed her BFA at Mount Allison University and her MFA at University of Alberta. In 2012, she was  finalist at the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Lately, her solo exhibition ‘’The Waste Land’’ was presented at Kamloops Art Gallery in  Kamloops, BC. and another solo exhibition ‘’Small Disasters’’ at the Harcourt House in Edmonton, AB. Kastner also participated at the "The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Land(scape)" group show presented at the Vorres Museum in Athens, Greece. Her next projects include solo shows at Hamilton Artists’ Inc., Hamilton, ON and at Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC.