C a r l    L i n k h a r t




Carl Linkhart was born in Sapula, Oklahoma in 1950, and has been a Bay Area resident since 1973. He studied art at Yuba City College at Fort Mason in San Francisco, but is largely self-taught, and has been influenced by his travels in Thailand, India, Nepal, Burma, and Mexico. His film, Weekend Zombie Nurses, was shown at the S.F. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1985. He has also performed in shows with the Angels of Light, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and other groups. However, because of the "Other worlds" it can create, his main love is painting.

Since his dreams have always been vivid, colorful, and thought provoking, he took to exploring them on canvas with acrylic in 1970. He has done covers for the Internet magazine Electric Dreams, and has had several exhibitions, including at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California. A book of his dream paintings, Suspense Above the Pool, was published in 1998.

Artist's Statement

In the "Treasures of the Future" dream, there are two lesbian friends we used to have. They were once a couple but broke up. Perhaps I was sensing some uneasiness in their relationship. They collected, or at least talked about collecting, novel little objects, and in the dream I told them to visit this little shop that existed only in the future. There they would recapture souvenirs of their past. (I had the dream before they broke up.)

The dream that goes with "Decayed Fish Flambé" is a recurring one, and reflects my isolation and despair during my four years in the Air Force (I was forced to join during the Viet Nam war). It's about the search for gratification that often just doesn't seem to exist.

In "Apocalypse of the Moon," a really astounding and vivid dream, I actually heard a huge thump as I dreamt the moon fell on the earth and that people had to revert to a primitive society that praised the moon until it rose back into the sky with a gush of wind. When I woke from the dream, the air conditioner at the house where I was visiting was making a gushing sound.

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2002 ASD Dream Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Conference for the Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

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