Roland Schimmel‘s ‘Afterimages’ are all about the eye and our perception of light – the idea that the eye is not only a passive reciever of light but an active projection tool. His paintings, murals and computer animations are designed to recreate the sensation you get after looking at a light for too long, that uncontrollable blind spot. When looking at his paintings – which are pretty large – you quickly realise that Schimmel is playing tricks on your vision, his work simulating the effect of multi-chromatic light leaving you with an image of itself in your retina even after you look away. They’re unsettling, make you blink, look away. Even on this post!
Schimmel has this to say;
I regard after-images as the expression of the longing of my physical body for its origin, the light.
His latest mural called ‘The Innocent Eye’ is currently on show at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The piece was created on an outdoor wall and designed to interact with the passing sun which was at it’s highest at the Summer equinox on June 21st.
If you happen to be in Eindhoven you should check it out – it’ll be there until 30th September.
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