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John Anderson - Jan 2018

I explore the first hand experience of visual perception. My focus is the threshold between seeing and recognizing. In the experience of sight we seek out the familiar. We search for patterns. But before we recognize a thing, we are at a holding point, a place of mystery or ambiguity. I attempt to reveal that place in these images.

In this set of images I’m deliberately using tactile methods and mediums, namely deep charcoals on heavily textured surfaces. I create form and depth with an obvious hands on approach. I let the texture of the surface media push back to constrain and shape. That first aspect of perception which is about discovery often involves touching. When we’re in dark or unknown territory, we have to feel our way.