AMBLYOPIA, otherwise known as "lazy eye", is a disorder of the visual system that is characterized by poor or indistinct vision in an eye that is otherwise physically normal. The problem is caused by either no transmission or poor transmission of a visual image to the brain for a sustained period of dysfunction. Amblyopia is a developmental problem in the brain, not an organic problem in the eye. Amblyopes may suffer from poor spatial acuity, low sensitivity to contrast and some "higher-level" deficits to vision, such as reduced sensitivity to motion. These deficits are usually specific to the amblyopic eye.
LARS BJERRE (*1975, Copenhagen) loves the subtle und poetic use of words in his artworks. For him, these words grow up into a lyrical statement. Most of his large-scale oil paintings feature puzzling titles, which are meant to put additional focus onto the approach; the canvas "Amblyopia In The Townscape" shows the view from the inside of a butcher's shop toward a phantasmagoric city. The sight is flanked by slaughtered roosters and pigs. Outside of the shop, there are two men disguised with pigmasks talking with each other and two little girls look through the window pane ? in a curious and unsettling manner ? in the direction of the viewer. Thus the viewer arrives back at his own self.
By positioning masks onto their lonesome characters, Bjerre's works allegorically unmask the latent hypocrisies of everyday life that human beings pretend not to see.