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Adrian Setterfield

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Vaal Triangle Technikon ( South Africa), 1985, Dip. Graphic Design

exhibition/performance, photography, surrealism, performance, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, abstract expressionsim, contemporary art, contemporary photography

Timeless Writing

My work is a visual investigation into how objects appear in space.

The eyes mechanical movement maps out objects and it is this action of mapping that gets recorded. From point to point attention moves. The eye itself being unable to follow a curve. That the eye cannot physically follow a curve, this is the point of departure for my investigation into how objects appear in space. How is a curve defined if the eye can only record from point to point in a linear fashion? On closer investigation, it can be observed that what we think we see as a curve is actually what I call a 'one seeing' of the totality. The linear mapping of the eye and the cognition of this from point to point, is based on psychologycal definition, where-as the actual ability to see everything at once and to know it thus for what it is, happens prior to any psychological thinking. This means that everything that is seen is not done by the eye but is rather recorded by the eye and the brain, according to how these mechanisms have been taught to behave.

The seeing, then, of everything at once is abstract in essence and appears as a feeling. This is how my paintings are constructed. By tuning in to that which is always already experiencing everything as it appears prior to psychological thinking and to then record the eyes action as it maps out space.




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