detail from the installation Paysage
We are trained to understand content of images, to instantly analyze form,
structure and to automatically assign meaning to them. Images are often read as -static- texts.
Visual perception can also be perceived as an active dynamic process in which
the position of the viewer become significant in the reading of the image.
By coming across the screen print series Prélude or the installation Paysage, recent work
by Wilfried Pulinckx, we suddenly realize that seeing happens eventually somewhere
between the observer and the observed. There is no strict separation anymore between
this two instances but a shifting "in-between",
a phenomenon that includes both sides as active players:
- the image
consisting of colors, pigments that absorb certain frequencies, reflecting the others and
shaped in rhythmic structures (the grid) that radiates into the space
(giving the 2 dimensional image a 3 dimensional operation),
- the one who sees
as someone who moves and alters the distance and angle towards this source and thus
receives (or should we say creates?) different aspects (literally:
differents appearances to the eye and mind) and meanings of the image.
It as if the artist wants us to discover a way of seeing that depends on the position of
the observer and so partly is devoid of representation to become also a spatio-temporal
experience of a field that emerges from the mutual interplay of two surfaces:
the retina and the canvas.