The Impossibility of Truly Seeing….

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But what IS in front of the eyes?

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Pirouetting with Piero della Francesca : The Piero Gaze

My general talk on Piero della Francesca finally went off this week, and the compliments were encouraging.  Encouraging to have another go. And maybe, actually spend a complete, unrushed, fifty minutes pondering the Piero gaze – simply through these three extraordinary fragments:

The youths seeing each other directly, recognising their desire as if for the first time and its fragility – they are, after all in the presence of the first death; Adam’s dead body lies on the ground by them. Hands are held gently as a huge potential opens up. The pregnant moment.

The pregnant teenager, her gaze inwards, seeing herself and her offspring as if for the first time, as he moves under her hand. Her fate overcomes any terror – she is, after all, a virgin; she is not resigned but rather recognising the huge potential which awaits.

The bleary-eyed figure, on the cold Easter dawn, gazing directly out, at me but through me and at everything. His appearing, his appearance is as astonished as it is astonishing. It is the moment of recognition, when the sting of that first death is totally transformed by belief. In this gaze too, the world will not be the same again.

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Sketches of Places & People by John McKean: exhibition opens today

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Laurie Melville photographs at Artwave 2017 opens today!

August 19, 2017:  Laurie Melville photographs opens today at Artwave, Lewes

The photographer offers a window into her/his soul

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Group exhibition over three weekends, with Ruthien (painting, prints) and John McKean (sketches)

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Life Sketches by John McKean at Artwave opens tomorrow!

 

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Laurie Melville photographs at Artwave 2017 opens tomorrow

August 18, 2017:  The exhibition of Laurie Melville photographs – along with Ruthien paintings and prints and John McKean sketches, opens at The House of Friendship, Lewes, tomorrow.

 

Who are you going to believe,  me or your lying eyes?

Groucho Marx

 

 

A photograph is always invisible; it is not it that we see.

Roland Barthes

 

 

 

From the exhibition leaflet:

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Life Sketches by John McKean at Artwave in 2 days time

 

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Laurie Melville at Artwave 2017 in 2 days

August 17, 2017:  Laurie Melville photographs opens at Artwave, Lewes, in two days time

Stretching mermaid masts

 

 

 

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Life Sketches by John McKean at Artwave in 3 days

 

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