Proximity, 2017-20

I am thinking about Edward O. Wilson's discussion of notions of free will and, indirectly, philosophical "mysterians" who create "qualia", that provoke the "subtle, almost inexpressible feelings we experience about sensory input, sensations and their related feeling tones that precede naming, i.e. redness before it is identified as red”; painting about how our minds work and navigate optical experience.  How is our being constructed by the meeting of eye and mind (Merleau-Ponty)?  

 

All of this dovetails rather nicely with Eric Kandel's work on "reductionism" in art and brain science, especially how the brain processes abstract art ("bottom up") differently than figurative imagery ("top down”).  

Acrylic on stretched canvas.

Proximity; presence
Proximity; presence

acrylic on canvas, 2018, 54" x 36"

IMG_1123
IMG_1123
Finis
Finis

2018, Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Spain. 90 x 90cm

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IMG_2583
IMG_1124 2
IMG_1124 2
Squinting into the Sun
Squinting into the Sun

Proximity Series, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20".

Squinting into the Sun II
Squinting into the Sun II

Proximity Series, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20".

What Slips Through the Net
What Slips Through the Net

Proximity series, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"

Proximity, #1 May 16, 2017
Proximity, #1 May 16, 2017

acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"

Proximity, #2 May 16, 2017
Proximity, #2 May 16, 2017

acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"

Not an Odalisque
Not an Odalisque

Proximity series, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14"

Veils of Proximity, 1
Veils of Proximity, 1

Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"

Veils of Proximity 2
Veils of Proximity 2

Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"

Veils of Proximity, 3
Veils of Proximity, 3

Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"

Veils of Proximity 4
Veils of Proximity 4

Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"

Veils of Proximity, 5
Veils of Proximity, 5

Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"