Category Archives: 2. Artists of interest

Artists who work with perception

Jason Padgett


Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade is a British psychologist and academic. He is an emeritus professor in the psychology department of the University of Dundee in Scotland. Wade has published widely on perception and vision and has collaborated with artists such as Patrick Hughes and Calum Colvin. His research interests include the representation of space and motion in human vision and the relationship between visual science and visual art. One of his aims is to foster a closer association between the graphical language of art and the interpretative language of science.


Patrick Hughes


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Calum Colvin

A practitioner of painting, sculpture and photography, Colvin brings these disciplines together, utilizing the unique fixed-point perspective of the camera, in his unique style of ‘constructed photography’: assembled tableaux of objects, which are then painted and photographed.

These elaborately constructed scenarios present a complex narrative tableau, rich in association and spatial ambiguities, which are exhibited as large-scale photographic prints. This process involves the creation of a three-dimensional stage set of an ordinary domestic scenario, upon which he paints across the various diverse elements within the set to make a unified image, viewed via a large format camera, which is realized through the process of photography.


Cecil Riley

At the age of 91 the artist Cecil Riley started having alarming visual hallucinations of eyes and gargoyle-like faces. He was suffering, like James Thurber, from Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which was brought about by progressive loss of vision from macular degeneration. Despite the anxiety they caused, he developed an interest in his hallucinations and began to paint what he saw.




Reynold Brown

A prolific American artist who drew many Hollywood movie posters and illustrated a number of magazines. He later pursued a career in Fine Art, creating paintings with a western theme, and subsequently suffered a stroke which left him with left hemispatial neglect, resulting in strange and emotive distorted portraits. – good website on artists and neuroscience in relation to perception


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Jin Hongo

— Jin Hongo has studied science and technology at Tohoku University, majored in metal casting. He had a chance to access to the Japanese traditional metal crafts and sculptures during his study, and he had got a big interest in arts and crafts field. Then he found ‘glass art’ and he entered in Tokyo Glass Art Institute in 1987. He spend 3years there to learn the basics of arts and glass.

He makes sculptures with various kinds of materials, especially he is fascinated in the possibility of glass as an artistic expressive material. He also makes video work and media art piece. In any type of his work, his theme is based on ‘two sides of human beings’,’the light and the shadow of high-tech world’. He always giving questions about our daily life to find the acutuality in life.


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—Black Sun is a documentary film directed by Gary Tarn. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.

—Gary Tarn explores the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a New York-based artist and filmmaker who was blinded by a vicious, unprovoked attack by two young assailants in 1978. After the attack, Montalembert learned to cope with his despair and to go through life a new way, seeking to make ordinary things extraordinary.



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Mark Zirpel—

—His Celestial/Terrestrial series is full of texture, detail, mystery and wonder. A true colliding of the wonders of the scientific world and the art world. A quote from Zirpel’s artist statement on the Bullseye Projects page states :

—“My work is multidisciplinary. It is idea and context driven. It is physical in its materiality and conceptually insistent. It is sculptural, installation based and kinetic. My work often explores a convergence between art and science. Both fields aspire to discovery. It is this quality of inquiry, a way of investigating the world that is at the heart of my studio methodology.”

Olafur Eliasson:


Ways of Seeing: Anish Kapoor

Situations with Lucy – 26th April

Situations 26th April 2016
• Wants to have an exhibition – public and open = outdoor exhibition near the library. Would have a roof. Standard exhibition, opening with wine, artist talks and invigilators between 9 – 6. Then left open – whatever happens, becomes part of the exhibition. She would make works specifically for this space – stuck to the walls – people could paint over them etc. 1st day would be the only day that the work would be guaranteed be ‘unharmed’
Cat – what about cameras – Jackie, not sure – it might discourage tagging (reclamation of public space). Wouldn’t make a big deal of it – just let it happen
Manuela – what about the care of the work – how much security are you going to provide to preserve the art. – Jackie – let it happen – is art viable in a public space like this?
Manuela – imagine if it was a month -duration…. people would feel they have a right to damage the work after the time….Jackie – a non stated experiment….don’t tell people…
Max – what would the artwork consist of – Jackie – her paintings 1 m2 images – be off the wall (but studded into the wall) Aimed at considering how we perceive our position in public spaces. Peripheral talk but no control over public space.
Lucy – Will you have any interventions – or put it there and that’s the last thing you do….Jackie – more or less. There would be an artist’s talk on the 2nd week….
Cat – invite one the taggers
The tragedy of the Commons –
Lucy – brave juxtaposition of heavily controlled space but put in a public space
The chance being part of it…
provocation to invitation… people non offey with gallery work
Michael Asher – architectural space. Issues about the white cube

Me – Lynda
• I explained my proposal of a building hosting several interventions. General feedback was that there was a lot going on and I need to hone it down to what is related to my practice. The following artists were mentioned in relation to some of the work that I brought up
– Christian Boltanski – in relation to light and shadow interplay

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– Sophie Collier – in relation to her large glass/water/light pieces

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– Nina Cannell – for her minimalist use of light including fiber optics etc

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• There was also a discussion about whether I would have info blurbs on the scientific background – or talks – or on-line info
Glucksman – Folly: Art after Architecture, 2014 – I looked this up and am interested in the following artists
– Jane & Louise Wilson – For their use of large screens and video work

– Hiroshi Sugimoto – for his lightning photographs

– Pierre Huyghe – for his incorporation of light and shadow

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• I need to present something with more focus
• Ask myself how effective it would be to select just some of my proposals
• Think about the art/not art balance
• Think about where my own practice fits
• Think about me as curator – take ownership of what I have done

Manuela – Knock on the Head
A large iron head with a swinging pendulum- male – generic in a basement or celler of a church – cold, dim light – open to the public between 7 – 10pm – every 10 minutes the pendulum would strike the head, creating a loud bong. She wants this piece to have an intimate feeling. People will have to discover the place – secrecy – no info related to the place
• Rebecca Horn – steel pendulum. mechanical piece – machinery – tension and anticipations.
• Bust – male head
• Cat – like mediation – do people sit or stand – Manuela – no seats available to sit down, but can sit on the floor if they want
• Generic male head
• Max – it is like public decapitation

• Collective memory, Place and global community
• Women come into a place of government and bring a piece of ceramic/textiles that means something with them – evoke conversation
• historical parallels taking over public spaces – having a voice where women don’t historically have a voice
• history = male historical perspective – woman’s stories lost because they seem small
• multi cultural = women’s histories that get recorded and put on-line
• ceramics? or objects of identity
• government buildings – joyously disruptive – feminist taking over the city as opposed to masculine commercialism
• What am I learning about identity – inter social practice -Show that
• Sophie Call – museum in the Hague – put pieces from contemporary society – like plastic cups etc into the collection – the value of subjective private stories, particularly women – museums are about demographic info but missing the female voice
• Project mapping – projection is projected onto unusual shapes – augmented reality
• Tongue Theatre
• Cork city gaol
• projections of tongue coming in and out of the rooms
• 3ft high tongue
• unnerving noise
• goal – tongues hinting towards events that happened there
• Karen Power – radio connection – recording the women – event during the summer
Max – Apparitions
• Hauntology
• Apparitions = title
• making 2 video pieces – 1 female, 1 male, – simple portraits with white background
• Warm, compassionate faces – then 6 small but very bright monitors, 3 male, 3 female – set up 8ft above the ground around the city – disused places – carparks etc 11pm – 4am – come on every hour for 4 minutes – nothing in between -how disposable the moving image is – real possibility they would never be seen – what sort of person would be around at this time of night – potential power of that encounter = dream of his idea – invisible audience – audience of ghosts – image we could have of what might happen – imaginings of the reactions this could create…- the encounter of art is something that continues in your mind
• Dream festival = situate an experimental music and sound festival in the country – near the coast. Bring in different performances to do with sound and wildlife – creating a piece on a currach – 1 audience 3 rowers – host of interesting performers etc – situate different people – bee keeping – do a collaboration with an artist – small chamber orchestra performing in the woods at dusk – 3 poets in a cow-shed – space for workshops, talks, very curated and experimental – field recording- not just this – thrusting 2 worlds together, – she has experience in making events happen – she wants it to be conceptual and experimental – situated in wilderness – audience as well
• Turrell in Lismore

Tina – Friday 20th May Judith Butler

Artists who work with light


Nicolas Bernier, frequencies (light quanta), 2015


Seoul-based visual artists Kimchi and Chips recently devised a way to create floating three-dimensional objects using light, smoke, and mirrors.  Light Barrier,



ANTIVJ is a visual label initiated by a group of European artists whose work is focused on the use of projected light and its influence on our perception. Stepping away from standard setups & techniques, AntiVJ presents
live performances and installations using custom built applications created using openFrameworks and Processing.




Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light


Iván Navarro, Post, 2013

Past Motions Of Canoers And Kayakers Exposed With LEDs In Long Exposure Photography



Berenice Abbott


Giant Pendulum Photographs by Paul Wainwright


Paul Wainwright

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Yuval Cadmon

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Atelier Loriot-Mélia


Antony Gormley Mist Room


Anthony McCall

Anthony McCall Artist Talk in EYE from ARTtube on Vimeo.



David Ogle

Grace Weir Exhibition – March 2016

On a crisp sunny saturday morning I ventured up to Dublin to visit the Grace Weir exhibition in IMMA.  I was struck by the aesthetics and concerns of the work, and how there is a cross-over in terms of the lines of inquiry which are quite similar to my own.  The work took many forms, including video, audio, sculptural, experimental print, installation and interactive pieces.  I found it incredibly inspiring, and slightly disconcerting in that she has covered many of my concerns!  Guess I have to find my own slant to the topics!










When I alighted from the Gallery, I was greeted by the most beautiful light of the setting sun.  To me, they look almost astronomical in nature, which was quite fitting, considering I had just absorbed myself in the work of Grace Weir!






Visiting Artist – Clodagh Emoe

Feb 29th 

Clodagh started off by showing us a power point of some of her work and her process.  I was particularly drawn to her work on astronomy and the cosmos.  She then went on to talk about the concept of mapping.  We were broken into groups of 3 and were given some time to come up with an idea based on the premise of mapping.  I was in the group with Jackie and Rosemary.

We decided to tackle the issue of public/private space boundary within the city.  We chose the spot just outside the Electric bar, as both Rosemary and myself have previously had issues with this ‘invisible boundary’.  We spent some time trying to gain the official records from the city council about the deeds/maps etc, but unfortunately were unsuccessful.  This gave us little time to actually execute our idea which was for me to shoot the girls deliberately invading a ‘private space’ and claiming it as public space.  I was shooting this from the studio window through a magnifying lens.  Unfortunately we did not have time to review or edit this footage, so while the concept was good and could have been built on, the footage produced within the exercise was unsuccessful and has since been deleted.

This is one of the test videos I took in preparation for this exercise


The following are some of the notes and bullet points that I gleaned from Clodagh’s talk

    • Theme: Mapping – an exercise; to explore and expose the obscured and unrepresented and unaccounted
    • Tino Sehgal – dancer/performer – documenta


Marina Abramovic 


  • Mapping reality – cartography
  • Fear of nothingness – on a map an area of ‘nothingness’ has historically been filled in with something, such as a drawing/ compass etc

Irit Rogoff – ‘Getting Lost’ 

  • The map gives us a sense that we can transmute ‘everything that is not…into the real’
  • Clodagh Emoe – Drawings of black holes – she drew them onto grids/maps
  • Mind Maps – writing ideas and musings down = suddenly one has control
  • In between states – neither here nor there = Limineality (prelimineal = before, post limineal = transformed)
  • ‘Very Little, Almost Nothing’ = book about nilism
  • ALICE – contemporary arts project, Francis st., Dublin
  • Yoga Nidra – guided meditation – psychic sleep
  • Collective thought
  • Invisible = show in Dublin
  • Alighiero E Boetti
  • Oulipian = OuLiPo, the “Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle” or “Workshop for Potential Literature,” was co-founded in Paris the early 1960’s by mathematician and writer Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais. Oulipian writers impose constraints that must be satisfied to complete a text, constraints ranging across all levels of composition, from elements of plot or structure down to rules regarding letters. OuLiPo thus pushes a structuralist conception of language to a level of mathematical precision; technique becomes technical when language itself becomes a field of investigation, a complex system made up of a finite number of components. The informing idea behind this work is that constraints engender creativity: textual constraints challenge and thereby free the imagination of the writer, and force a linguistic system and/or literary genre out of its habitual mode of functioning. The results of these experiments can be acrobatic. Famous Oulipian texts include Queneau’sCent Mille Millard de Poemes, a sonnet where there are 10 possible choices for each of the 14 lines, thus comprising 1014 potential poems, and Georges Perec’s La Disparition/A Void, a novel without the letter e, which constantly refers to the vowel’s disappearance.
  • John Cage – Flucix composer (Eric Satie)


  • Jacaues Roubaud – The Great fire of London – book

The Great Fire of London consists of a main text (“story”) and two sets of digressions (“interpolations” and “bifurcations”). Although best to read the insertions as they appear (indicated in the main text with cross-reference markers), this is an “interactive” text in which readers can decide for themselves how they wish to proceed. Roubaud’s novel stands as a lyrical counterpart of those great postmodern masterpieces by fellow Oulipians Georges Perec (Life: A User’s Manual) and Italo Calvino (If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler).

  • Francis Alys – When Faith moves mountains, 2011



The Modern Procession

  • The Situationists – neo Marxists, anti capalist; social alienation, commodity fetishism; everyday hs been degraded through consumerism.

Stopping what you are supposed to do and approach things differently

  • The society of the spectical
  • The Revolution of the Everyday Life
  • Gordan Matta Clarke – Fake Estatesgordan matta clarke - ghost estate
  • Trish Brown


  • Dennis Oppenheim
  • Robert Smithson – ‘Monuments of Passai’ – Artforum, Dec 1967 – mapping things that would be overlooked
  • Austerlitz – book by W.G. Sebald – trying to map memory trauma of the 2nd world war
  • austerlitz
    • This is a on-linear book that maps his memories
  • Cardiff and Miller – Alter Banholf video Walk
    • Memories are like a different form of travel


Ottie Berger – A material alphabet