MAREK DUTKA

CZECH REPUBLIC/ LONDON

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In my paintings I reflect on the nature of reality as perceived through the filter of omni 

present displays and screens in our lives. TVs, cameras, smartphones, they both aid and blur our vision at the same time. These instruments expand on, and limit our visual experience. They do so by revealing otherwise unnoticed detail, or by screening out the context of observed objects. We are almost constantly exposed to representations of reality, the pixelated "reality" which substitutes the immediate reality of the here and now by an overload of informational strata of augmented reality. The depth is only skin-deep if we start to think of it in terms of patterns of colors

used to cheat our eyes and brains into thinking that we have captured the full picture of reality.

 Though the subject might invite further theoretical reflection, the fine art, itself a form of communication, a form of capturing reality in a new creative way, isn't form a medium of criticism, or of a slavish reproduction and embrace of all things virtual. As an painter I approach the subject purely or mainly from anesthetic perspective. Nowadays we can see many instances of technology progressing towards art, in a creative, sometimes playful, sometimes destructive way. In my work I try to capture the interplay between the art and technology from the position of traditional painting rather than from the position of technology. I see it as a mirror of traditional technique turned against the mirror of technology itself reflecting traditional technique in the first place. My paintings take a place in this "hall of mirrors" by utilizing only the RGB colour spectrum which in fact forms the base of all computerized images of reality. My images are not static. I do not dictate the way people should look at my paintings, I do not expect one particular response from, or an effect on a viewer. It's all in hands - in eyes and mind - of each and every viewer, his or her chosen distance, the angle, the time spent looking at a painting. I provide an outline in terms of colours used and in terms of their arrangement, but I positively invite all viewers' perspectives to mingle with that of mine. Even with a single painting, there are as many images as there are pairs of eyes.

© 2020 by Hansford and Sons Fine Art Ltd.

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