Jeff Carpenter will be showing paintings from his series ‘Island Incanting’ which are based on double-exposures. The idea is to take two different, but related, landscape images, one an interior view out the window, and one outside, and combine them in a way that mimics photographic double-exposure. The relationship between the two points of view implies a narrative. One where you are seemingly ‘inside’ the outdoors. It’s a particular sense of place that comes from remembering a great place you spent time inhabiting. If you daydream a memory of a wonderful day it’s rarely just one snapshot, it’s many images – the full panorama, the light in her eyes, the wind in the leaves – all layered one on top of each other. To summon them is like peeling through the layers of an onion. The real pleasure in conjuring up the memory is not so much in any one part as it is in sifting through the layers. This work is concerned with that effect, to combine images in a way that evokes the subconscious process. Sometimes it’s a simple combination of images, or sometimes it’s a superimposition of images such as pentimento ‘ the faint traces of a map or poetry ghosting through the image. In practice, it sets the mind to switching from one image to the next, back and forth; a mental flickering that is slightly beyond our control, that makes us the projector in a movie.
Friday, March 24, 2023