Entoptic Phenomena 2010
House paint, masking tape, mirrors and adhesive mylar on wood
36′ x 8′ x 6′
The Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago IL. 2010
Partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council
“Entoptic Phenomena” refers to visual effects whose source is within the eye itself. Entoptic forms are physically based on images cast directly on the retina, they come from within the individual and can’t be a shared experience. Entoptics are geometric patterns whose origins are within the nervous system itself, separating itself from “hallucinations”, which are more iconic and culturally determined, and use the other senses besides visual, entoptics exclusive channel. Archaeologists have long theorized a deep connection between entoptics and Upper Paleolithic art, citing the beginnings of representation of primitive abstract concepts, the six main being replication, fragmentation, integration, superpositioning, juxtapositioning, and rotation. Taking cues from theatrical design and psychedelia, the artist employs hard edged graphic form through the use of masking tape, mirrors and paint to create a work that allows itself to retain segments of unique optic phenomena. The large scale presentation and disposal of a “flat” wall in favor of a more sculptural ground implies a fantastical “non-place”.