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Ubiety.jpgAlan Crowley    
Oct 2011
Using film, traditional print and sculpture Ubiety brings together ideas inspired by the philosophies of the Irish metaphysician George Berkeley. His theories concerning the nature of existence and the senses, the function of the mind and role of God are reiterated in a visual language for present day audiences.
This show comprises of six framed copper plate etchings with photographic elements.  Each print represents one of the many functions of the mind, including how we judge distance and shape and our taste preferences. The centrepiece of the show is a huge wooden polyhedron structure, which is a culmination of the ideas explored within the prints. Also on display, a short film entitled Three in One is a conversation between two characters and aims to reiterate Berkeley’s ideas in an inclusive format.
The images we receive from our eyes are originally upside down.  Our brain instantly processes this information into what we know as our erect visual perception of the world.  This is one of the many tasks the mind performs in the seemingly trivial and all to familiar daily interactions we participate in. This research project aims to highlight the many unconscious actions of the mind that are overlooked.
Accept for the moment, that the only type of information we can obtain from our eyes concerns light and colour. No other details are provided by the sense of sight. The way we put a name to, or what we immediately know and expect about the content of a perception is the sole responsibility of the mind. Unaware of this as we are, we jump to the conclusion that our eyes tell us everything about the visual world.
It is rather a case of reason and judgement where the mind connects like things with like. How it knows what attributes goes with what is because of habitual relationship it has learned to associate certain patterns with physical existence.
For example seen from different vantage points, a penny presents an elliptical appearance. Yet the mind disregards this elliptical appearance and a generalised notion of a penny is that its shape is round.
The purpose of focusing attention on this hidden connection making process is to bring to light what we are prone to dismiss as ordinary mundane occurrence. This attitude understates the complexity of the everyday sensory exchanges we participate in and undermines the function of the mind.
It is a crucial part of sense-based experience without which we could not comprehend the information received by sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste. Our experience of the world would be disorderly and unfamiliar. The subject material is one that is relevant to all audiences as we share in this phenomenon.
Philosophy is deemed something exclusively for the scholar but its content relate to the masses and everyone’s actions. The purpose of bringing these theories into the public arena of an art exhibition is to remove any intellectual hierarchy that may by associated with philosophy. A general audience will be able to appreciate these ideas in their altered artistic format.
Ubiety forms part of Alan’s Masters Degree in Contemporary Visual Arts and Media by Research at Limerick School of Art & Design and will run from the 15th October until the 12th November in Occupy Space.
Exhibition officially opened on Friday 14th October at 7pm.
Refreshments have been graciously sponsored by Carlow Brewing Company.

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