Patrick House discusses the experiences of those cured of blindness with M.I.T. professor Pawan Sinha:

"Sinha believes these first moments for the newly sighted are blurry, incoherent, and saturated by brightness—like walking into daylight with dilated pupils—and swirls of colors that do not make sense as shapes or faces or any kind of object."

Photograph by Paul Fusco/Magnum


There exists a sculpture consisting of all patterns of light on retinal surfaces occasioned by the existence of this statement, and of nothing else.

(Conceptual Construction, Fred Sandback)


Mattia Bonetti"Cards" commode, 2009

Heads-up! “Michael Snow: Photo-Centric" opens this Saturday, February 1! Do you think this artist’s 2- and 3-D explorations will make you reconsider the boundaries of photography?
"Of a Ladder," 1971, reprinted 1999, by Michael Snow (Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo: Sherman S. Jewett Fund, 1973) Photograph courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery/Art Resource, New York

Ronald Bladen
Three elements, 1965

Gerhard Richter - 4 Glasscheiben, 1967

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Finally, there is a related and more important reason for needing newly contrived art: all man-made things die away, and art is just one more of our vulnerable contraptions. It is an invention of symbols, a culling out and intuitive reassembly of items from daily life, arranged so that they will point beyond themselves. Serious photography, no matter how ‘straight’ or apparently objective, is this sort of invention, and, like everything else we devise, it can be depended upon to quit working. Eventually the symbols so outlast their original context that they no longer effectively point anywhere, becoming instead only artifacts for the documentation of cultural history. 

We welcome contemporary art, then, for its power to please the eye, to record the texture of current experience, and to invest that experience with meaning. 

- Robert Adams, “Making New Art”



Meridian 3 
Colin Snapp


Untitled by Marco Tirelli

Trapezoid from Sea Change
Mary Ellen Bartley

Mirror light shadow stick    Erin O’Keefe