a special edition of 7 analogue prints 9,5 x 14 cm made on the occasion of my exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne Projects and After Eight thematic dinner/lecture
edition of 20, 2013
cover drawing by Charlotte Koopman
‘In fact, a bush looks like anything’. In a poem ‘Isaac and Abraham’ Joseph Brodsky compares a bush to an explosion, a river delta, blood veins, a hand and a hundred arms. Even the letters of the word КУСТ (‘bush’ in Russian) become branches. ‘Who? A bush. What? A bush. ‘
Imagine how many possibilities of transformation a bush has in the dark.
I am afraid of darkness but deal with my fear reasonably – by trying to understand why.
When the sun sets colours begin to change and the overall mood changes with them. The lack of light takes away our certainty that we see things clearly. The lack of visual input gives a kick-start to imagination. Doubt in perception slows down the process of looking. The gaps are filled with suggestions and associations coming from memory and previous experiences. Wishful thinking and expectation colour our view.
A friend of mine, Charlotte Koopman, has a fake After Eight chocolate mint that she likes to offer to unsuspecting and trusting friends. It is a rubber thing that doesn’t feel or smell or even look like the real chocolate. Still, the trick works.
Look well and don’t take things for granted.
Charlotte made the After Eight drawing for the cover.
- Historically, nyctalopia, also known as moonblink, was a temporary night blindness believed to be caused by sleeping in moonlight.
- Sufferers should anoint their eyeballs with the stuff dripping from a liver whilst roasting, preferably of a he-goat, or failing that of a she-goat; and as well they should eat some of the liver itself.
- In the Second World War disinformation was used by the British to cover up the reason for their pilots’ successful nighttime missions. Their success was, in the disinformation, attributed to improved night vision and pilots flying night missions were encouraged to eat plenty of carrots. (The real reason for their success was their use of advanced radar technologies).
- Night blindness is prevented by eating Japanese eel.
22/01/2013 – 05/04/2013 at Van Abbe Museum library exhibition