Ian Wieczorek - UNFIXING
“Our eyes continually move even while we fix our gaze on an object. If fixational eye movements are counteracted, our visual perception fades completely. So, our visual system has a built-in paradox - we must fix our gaze to inspect the minute details of our world, but if we were to fixate perfectly, the entire world would fade from view.”
- Susana Martinez-Conde, Stephen L.Macknik, David H.Hubel 1
UNFIXING is a visual exploration that engages with the experiential nature of painting, as work completed by the viewer: how paintings are ‘read’, and the relationship between artist-mediated surface and perceived spatial presence. Thematically based on research exploring the physicality of the human condition, the works establish visual ambiguities to create tensions and confluences, uncertainties, juxtapositions and dislocations. The results attempt to invoke an ‘in-between space’ mediated by the viewer, posing questions about perception and visual understanding: how we look and what we actually ‘see’.
Ian Wieczorek was born in England in 1958, and his educational background was initially in Science (Microbiology). He moved to Co. Mayo in 1992. Since that time he has been a freelance arts commentator/reviewer, and was founder/editor of Arts West (an independent independent arts magazine for the West of Ireland from 1994-2000). He has a BA in Art & Design (Painting) from GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, and has been a practising artist since 2003.
Currently based in the Custom House Studios in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ian has exhibited widely in group/selected shows (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, China), including IONTAS and COE. This is his fifth solo show. For further information, check out www.ianwieczorek.com
exhibition ends 6th May