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Catherine Murphy
Chloe Wise
Ellen Altfest
Jamian Juliano-Villani
Luchita Hurtado

This show examines the act of looking and what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.
Observational painting can exceed mere pictorial representation.
Choreographed, staged set-ups and arrangements of objects and people go beyond
appearances, uncovering a deeper psychological element.
Although sourced from fragments of reality, these paintings seem to deny empirical thinking
and the limits it imposes on our existence.

Begin, ephebe, by perceiving the idea
Of this invention, this invented world,
The inconceivable idea of the sun.

You must become an ignorant man again
And see the sun again with an ignorant eye
And see it clearly in the idea of it.

Never suppose an inventing mind as source
Of this idea nor for that mind compose
A voluminous master folded in his fire.

How clean the sun when seen in its idea, Washed in
the remotest cleanliness of a heaven
That has expelled us and our images . . .

From "Notes toward a Supreme Fiction" by Wallace Stevens

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