What Is Reality

This gallery is designed to call into question what is real and what is not. It is also meant to force the viewer to consider how the process of viewing is done. The initial impressions of the works are likely to be changed when the viewer examines the works more closely and for a longer period of time. Reality is not always as it first appears. Several works elaborate on the idea of perspective and how the process of viewing the world is done. The reality that we see, or think we see, is unique to each individual and can be changed with time and perspective.

The first piece is a work in hyperrealistic painting. At first glance, one might think that it is a photograph, but the artist is so talented that she has fooled the viewer in to believing that reality can be expressed in full detail by paint and brush.
This is another selection that fools the observer into a false version of reality. Photographs are known to be the truth, while painting are considered to be more subjective. The painting depicts a false reality. Great time and care was taken to create this work. Similar care is exhibited in the link to the video.
This painting is shows contrast to the other works. Instead of stating reality can be expressed as a realistic representation, it applies the perspective that reality is about interpretation and emotion.
The most know types of 2D art consist of portraits, landscapes and still life. These three have evolved as the Western art has evolved. This hyperrealistic work fools the observer in the same way as the previous works, but does it with other recognizable subject matter relating to the evolution of Western art.
This hyperrealistic landscape represents the history of Western art in the Baroque time period, where landscapes first started to appear as self standing works.
This work deals with the idea of viewing itself. It is an odd perspective of a lake that would be seen if you could see 360 degrees at once. We humans can see less than 180 degrees at once. Are we really getting the full perspective that we think we are?
Another image of a lake, calling into question our perspective. This work brings memories of another artist named MC Escher who also questioned reality and perspective. The first image on the liked page shows how Escher questioned reality in a similar manner. www.2ndfirstlook.com/2010/10/mc-escher.html
This work questions our understanding of the physical space in which we live. Do we really understand how the physical world works? The linked video suggests that we do not.
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