The anatomy and physiology of vision is still being research ed but the current understanding of vision is of an assembled sense collate d by the visual cortex (V1-V6)\, collating color\, movement\, form and dept h. Before Descartes\, debates occurred whether the eyes emitted or just rec eived light. Plato believed in extromission: that the eyes projected beams of light that illuminated what the person was then able to see.


The title of the exhibition was used to interrogate the terms\, “seeing is bel ieving” and “I can’t believe my eyes” and the essential issue of visual tru th. In the age of manipulated digital information\, Photoshop\, and CGI\, w e view the term photodocumentation with valid skepticism and as a potential oxymoron.


This exhibition examines a type of non event: the percep tion of light in the absence of any light entering the eye\, termed a phosp hene: an entoptic (within the eye) phenomenon caused by mechanical\, electr ical\, pharmacologic\, pathologic\, or magnetic stimulation of the retina\, visual cortex\, or cells in the visual system. (The aural analog to this i s tinnitus\, the perception of a near constant ringing sound in the ears in the absence of external sound.) It has also been termed “prisoner’s cinema .” The exhibition includes works that creatively interprets these issues on literal\, metaphorical\, and lyrical levels through paintings\, drawings\, videos\, sculpture\, and photo-based works.

LOCATION:Axis Gallery\,625 S Street \nSacramento\, CA 95811 SUMMARY:Seeing as Believing: Phosphene Visions\, Amos Beaida\, Jim Campbell \, Emilio Chapela\, Joy Garnett\, Adam Ross & Anna Geyer\, Adrienne Klein\, Elliott Linwood\, Warren Neidich\, Hermes Payrhuber\, Taras Polataiko\, Ku mar Kanti Sen\, Anne Senstad\, Allan De Souza\, Ann Stoddard\, STEED TAYLOR END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR