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March 18 – May 2018
Opening reception: Sunday, March 18 from 2 – 6 pm
East River Painters is proud to present “Imaginary Texture of the Real” a solo exhibition of recent work by the Philadelphia based artist David Dempewolf.Since 2008 David Dempewolf has been producing videos that simulate perceived stereoscopic vision and mental imagery. These videos portray saccadic eye movements, retinal afterimages, daydreams, sheets of memory and moments of eidetic reverie.
Through a stuttering investigation of phenomenological experience and the meandering legacy of American experimental film, Dempewolf has been attempting to force the moving image into mimicking the processes of thought. Stereoscopic videos of six sites at different times of day shot within the city limits of Philadelphia PA are assembled to mark out a cycle of 24 hour diurnal time.
The Imaginary Texture of the Real exhibition situates itself within ongoing debates that revolve around the dialectic of rational and empirical approaches towards knowledge production that attempt to explain the lives that we’ve all been thrown into. Through a mimetic articulation of conscious experience, Dempewolf means to sensorially examine the edges of the ‘flesh of the world’ around us that can be reduced to simple representations produced by bio-electrical brain activity or the limits of our human biological sensory apparatuses that are blind to vast aspects of reality such as atoms, electrons and the thing in itself.