“The Rich World of Perception”
Who creates meaning, the artist or the viewer?
WHAT: The Rich World of Perception
WHEN: show runs September 6 through October 31
OPENING: Friday, September 8 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
WHERE: ViVO Contemporary, 725 Canyon Road,
Santa Fe, NM 87501
WHO: ViVO Contemporary Artists
CONTACT: ViVO at 505-982-1320 or [email protected]
“It is the function of art to renew our perception.” - Anaïs Nin
We ask the question, who creates meaning, the artist or the viewer? The artists exhibiting in this new show at ViVO Contemporary do not subscribe to the romantic vision of the isolated genius. They do suggest that their work is generated by the cultural ideas of society that use the artist as conduit. They have their own stories that have lead to the work that you see in this show, yet art belongs to the perceivers who interpret it according to their history and experience. Art does not exist as an isolated body of work separated from the perceptions of the viewer. Rather, art’s meaning is an activity of perceivers making sense of the work. Perception and meaning are intimately connected and fully express their power when they are bound together in a non-judgmental seeing of reality, unfettered by thought and deeply connected to pure perception.
Gary Oakley’s abstract landscapes allow us to simultaneously appreciate form and narrative, while William Sayler’s "flat" shapes seem to dance and move on the canvas.
There are two fundamental perceptual approaches to making visual art. One is the perception of and the focusing on detail, creating a sense of separateness and isolation in its “thingness”. The other approach is creating the simultaneous perception of the total object, and the development of a dominating total image. The reconciling of these two opposing principles has become the foundation of visual art in all its forms.
Joy Campbell’s altered books change the way we perceive the printed page, as our minds transform discarded items into flowers and sculpture.
Warren Keating’s contemporary figurative paintings use the refraction filtering of the water’s surface to trick our eyes into "filling in the blanks".