On this blog, we don’t discuss weirdness of politics. Instead, below, find weirdness as a result of photoshopping:
What am I doing to myself? Will my perception be altered by such playing with images? Creatures learn what they see. Kittens raised in a world of vertical stripes stumble over a horizontal stick.
I remember more clearly last spring’s photographs of mudflats, rather than the 3-D world out there. Would I now see 2-dimensionally walking along the Jadebusen at low tide? Is my view of the world altered by my photographs?
A year ago, reading about Cezanne, I wondered what prompted the strange perspectives of his landscapes. Oddly enough, Cezanne himself never found anything unusual in his manner of addressing perspective. Did he have an abnormality in his visual system? Did he poke fun at people asking him questions?
A more recent artist, Adolph Gottlieb – according to Wikipedia – first painted cacti and barren scenery in the desert. Next, he inserted mysterious incongruities into otherwise normal landscapes until finally, he ‘distilled his expansiveness into a more basic abstract form’. I would love to know whether he painted these abstractions from permutations of landscapes that evolved in his mind (without looking any longer at landscapes), or whether he began to actually see abstract shapes within the landscape.
Can other sensory input have an impact as well? Some artists listen to music while they paint. Did auditory input have an impact on Clyfford Still’s art? During World War II, Still worked in war industry jobs. His daughter remembers: “All he heard was this pounding all day long”. That was the time that Still began his abstract style for which he is known.
How do you portrait the world? Trying for Realism or allowing yourself being Fanciful? Does your art affect your perception of what is out there?