d i s t a n c i n g t a c t i c
perceptions of the world are somewhat divorced from reality. It is this
situation from which the germ of ambiguity and subjectivity originate.
visual perception is one of our faculties of experience, it is therefore not to
be ignored likely.
perceptual space between the real and the perceived is both a phenomenon that
can be taken for granted and an area for contemplation and questioning.
is at the root of this space and is responsible for our ‘reading’ of the world
around us. When we read something, we are perceiving it through language, in
this way language acts rather like a filter that both enhances the visual and
in equal measure places it in restraint.
been prone to expressing [ and often advocating ] a mistrust of language, yet
if this filter serves a duel purpose, both stifling and enriching, it seems
more appropriate to adopt a more pacifistic and contemplative approach to its
artist visual language can be employed as a tool to enhance or shut down the
viewers reading of a work. Mechanized creative processes; such as photography,
film, etc, contain a language that is dictated by the nature of the equipment
and can be emphasized or deliberately stifled by the photographer or the film
maker. Similarly painting, sculpture and more contemporarily, installation are
effected by a visual language rooted in the history of each given medium and
this history can be referenced or deliberately overturned.
work exhibited in Windows204 over the next eight weeks will serve two purposes:
firstly, to allow a public interaction with the work, where this phenomenon of
‘reading’ can take place.
it will be analyzed through curative discussion, artist interviews and
www.2042010.co.uk and through publication at the end of the year.
taking the role of a curator I am hoping to entice the artist to analyze their
practice and discuss the language within their work.
I hope that by erecting this conceptual framework the work will raise the
awareness of the onlooker, allowing the participant to not only observe the
work in the windows but also observe their own reactions to it, prompting an
individual analysis of the phenomenon of perception.