Stepping Blind

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Apr 1, 2008 - Apr 30, 2008

The very fact that found images have become so prevalent in contemporary art production underscores the omnipresence of the indexical image in modern society.  Surveillance and visual culture have become so intertwined that much of the material evidence of an individual’s presence exists independent of his or her knowledge.  Not only does this state of affairs make anonymity near impossible, it lends a misguided belief of global comprehension in daily affairs.
 
Fereydoon Family: Stepping Blind is an attempt to recapture that anonymity.  Family employs found images only to promptly negate identifying characteristics of the persons pictured.  His choice of correction fluid in lieu of paint is telling in capturing his ambivalence about these images.  While they serve as the basis for the art presented, the pieces demonstrate the naiveté of equating seeing with understanding.  He whites out the supposed knowledge that these images purport to provide.  While some may have once been the portraits of a directory or the commemoration of a special event, they now communicate nothing about their specific subjects when presented without contextual information.
 
His broad brushstrokes result in sketch-like grotesqueries.  The absurd visages further work to suggest that, even if context had been provided, comprehension would not be inevitable.  Surface appearances and textual details do nothing to impart meaning.  If the unconscious is inaccessible even to its individual psyche, then why should a snapshot be considered a document of a truth?  Just as one’s interior self can be hidden from interpretation, so does the physical act of viewing leave one stepping blind into a potentially foolish pursuit for meaning.

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