Original Image by Noah Freidman-Rudosky for the New York Times | Photo Composite

Lithium Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Realism: Touching the Abstract

The Abstract is more than plastic Works in a museum, indeed, true abstraction is the very world outside. Neurological and somatosensory studies suggest the “outside” world as a percept-dependant sensory construct, what this series of works engenders as abstract realism. Sense perception is not objective and yet centuries-old science pervades the contemporary belief in an independent world of objects patterning self and “outside” reality. Indeed, “objects” have no complete separation in the less perceptible phenomenal worlds that form the life we perceive. Sculpture (Form) conceived for touch dissolves the percept’s veil of separation from “object only” to “experience” as/of self. When these Forms are Abstract, the profound permission of viewer into experiencer brings a third dimension of Abstraction as Self. PROTOIST Forms are Abstract Form; their experience of touch and the context of touch as the sole perception of self and the “outside” world allows for expanded experience in the realism of the Abstract. It is from this foundation Abstraction is the grand medium of direct encounter with the greater reality.

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