Double vision

Stone, Adam (2018) Double vision. [Show/Exhibition]


The output is an exhibition of paintings and drawings representing two contrasting environments. Together, these works seek to explore the potential for re-presentation to provoke new readings of place. The notion of ‘double vision’ examines the differences between space and place, the phenomenological (bodily and perceptual) experience of place, and the relationship between place and its re-emplacement through drawing and painting. Research Process: In gallery one there were graphite drawings presenting recently cultivated agricultural edge lands, made through the iterative layering of marks. They were made after extensive visits to site, documenting these visits through sketches and photographs. These pieces collectively entitled ‘Noema’ reference Husserl’s ideas on judgement, sense and meaning through the act of perception (1913). In relation to this, these drawings sought to investigate the real and perceived experience of being on site and making the work, with the perception of the work as both medium and image. In gallery two there were paintings of the Merrion Centre, a Brutalist inspired 1960s shopping precinct in Leeds. The Centre was of special cultural interest as the site of the first official synagogue in Leeds, opened in 1846 (Fraser, 2019). The paintings act to triangulate, archival research in the Centre (TCS archive), online forums and site visits with theoretical discourses regarding place, representation and memory. Research Insights: The findings of this research suggest that such places are ‘anthropological place’ (Auge, 2008). a multi-layered palimpsest of past and present constructed by those that inhabit them. Furthermore, it is suggested that through painting place, paintings can become “a place of presentation for this world” (Casey,2002). Dissemination: The research was disseminated through the exhibition at the Studio One Gallery, London, 2 – 11 March 2018.

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