Antigua - Panza Verde, Air Lines
- Created: Wednesday, 09 July 2014 20:56
– visible and invisible –
The idea for the title came up, when I received a blank white postcard from the German artist Elke Grundmann, which she called 'Airlines, air on white'. At first I was hesitating to choose this theme, after the mysterious disappearance of the plane from the Malaysian Airline, thinking, it could be misunderstood.
I have approached 'Air Lines – visible and invisible' from three different angles: philosophical, neurophysiological, and artistic.
An installation of lines out of air zigzags across the exposition rooms. One sees, that one does not see. Practically one sees nothing and if willed can purchase nothing, per meter.
When we perceive nothing, our brain tends to add something, usually something that could or should be there instead, something from the surrounding environment.
A neurophysiological example is the so-called blind spot, a lack of photoreceptor cells, where the optic nerve enters the retina. In our daily lives, we don't see, that we have a black spot in the visual field on both sides, unless we reveal it be means of an optical trick.
A telephone line painted in front of a house creates space. It works even better, if the line were behind the house, and only appeared on either side of it. We then start imagining the part of the line, that isn't painted. The French impressionist Edgar Degar once said: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see".
These paintings will show both visible and invisible lines.
Clemens Luhmann, Panajachel 2014
Click HERE to view the paintings in the Gallery.
Below photos from the exposition at la Panza Verde, July 2014.