Now playing — um, on display – at Phyllis Weston Gallery is Elements of Perception, a motion picture — er, pictures with motion and emotion — from Mark Patsfall and Brian Stuparyk.
The cardboard 3-D glasses supplied for Stuparyk’s work will make the comparison clearer. Put them on and feel like a kid, knowing that this art show is fun and different. A visit feels like an afternoon at the movies. Though there are just three small rooms to see, remember that the artists’ themes are perception and time. It’s possible to get lost awhile.
Stuparyk is the only local artist using anaglyphic (red-blue) 3-D effects in his prints. If the retro glasses don’t induce nostalgia, his over-the-top images reminiscent of B-level horror films will. But in addition to re-creating childhood fun, Stuparyk taps childhood fears as he ponders why we perceive some things as scary.
A shark springs from the cascade at Union Terminal. Dinosaurs stomp through downtown. An octopus wraps around the Tyler Davidson Fountain as the viewer futilely reaches out to touch its tentacles. The adult brain knows that the scene is not real, yet the eyes perceive that something is right there.
Elements of Perception is on view at Phyllis Weston Gallery through Nov. 26. Go here to read Kathy Schwartz's full review.