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En Route to Howland Island

MIKAEL SANDBLOM

En Route to Howland Island

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Digital Composite

40” x 40”

2018

PHOSPHENES – DECEMBER 2018

'Phosphenes' is what I call this body of work.  Phosphenes are what you see when you close and rub your eyes: a geometric light show independent of any light coming from the outside world.

The images are based on cloud and wave photos. Outlines, tracings, maps and diagrams are layered over the images in a way analogous to how we interpret, map and analyze our environment. Throughout the surface, fragments float into focus and then recede as the eye moves on to other elements.

The work reflects a world where nothing is solid or permanent.  It’s our act of perception that brings elements into being and dissolves them again. What we see in the world is not what is 'objectively' out there; most of it is a projection of ideas that we've formed or learned.

For me, these pieces are an exercise in self-awareness of the assumptions and presuppositions that one inevitably carries around. It may be impossible to see the world as it truly and fully is, but it's easy to fool yourself into thinking that you can.


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