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Hillary Wiedemann: Afterimage

  • Location:
    MacArthur B Arthur, 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, California, 94609, US

Hillary Wiedemann

Curated by Kevin Clarke
March 2, 2012 – April 1, 2012
Reception Friday, March 2nd, 7-10 pm

Open Sundays, 1-5 pm and by appointment

MacArthur B Arthur is pleased to announce Afterimage, a solo exhibition of work by Hillary Wiedemann. Curated by Kevin Clarke.

An afterimage is defined as a visual sensation that remains after the initial stimulus is gone. The works in Afterimage stem from Wiedemann’s inquiries into the phenomenology of perception and the lingering sense impressions of memory. The sun plays many roles – a marker of time, a source of light, a determiner of place, and through its absence, the seed of an acute awareness of space. While distinctly aware of the impossibility of recreating the sense-experience of the sun, the works in Afterimage focus on a sensory residue and/or constant state of perceptual remembering.

In Theory of Colours, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe states, “every image occupies a certain space on the retina, and of course a greater or less space in proportion as the object is seen near or at a distance. If we shut the eyes immediately after looking at the sun we shall be surprised to find how small the image it leaves appears.” Wiedemann’s works mines this phenomenological incongruity – the actual image, its afterimage, and the memory of the image. This slippage continues from true recall into memories of memories.

Afterimage conjures something between two forms of spectra – that which pertains to phenomena of light, and that of the incorporeal.

MacArthur B Arthur
4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609