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Artists who work with perception

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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.”

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