This drawing installation, realized at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, expands upon my ongoing investigation of binocular rivalry— the effect caused by 3D glasses wherein the right eye and left eye are receiving conflicting information. To the bare eye, the red and cyan images produce a dynamic retinal experience of their own. When viewed through a pair of basic anaglyph 3D glasses, the works flicker between two- and three-dimensions, background and foreground, positive space and negative space. The parts cannot be resolved as a complete whole, and the picture is at odds with itself; there is a sense of internal tension that is both bodily and psychological.
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As the child of a polyglot university professor I grew up in constant flux between six countries and three languages. In my perpetual transition from one culture to another, drawing became a reliable, intimate, and ever evolving mode of perception and communication. This was a personal idiom that could fluidly traverse linguistic and geographic barriers while embracing a diversity of cultural complexities. My favorite sources were those works that emphasized a simplicity and economy of style. Within the most basic shapes and lines lurked a potential for multiple interpretations: A circle was simultaneously an eye, a mouth, a hole, and a protrusion. A triangle was a mountain, a nose, a pizza slice, and a hut. As these forms combined and interacted, they became a playground of shifting meanings. A handful of Japanese classic comics from the 1970's and 1980's especially caught my eye. Also influential were those fantastically absurd animated segments from children’s television shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company. My drawing practice today continues to favor a minimal, distilled approach to form, with a strong interest in multiple vantage points and viewing experiences. From a relatively direct focus on Japanese Manga (comics) a few years ago, I am increasingly compelled by the larger phenomenon of visual perception and its elasticity. Recent projects have incorporated two- and three-dimensional pictorial spaces, modular components, the effect of binocular rivalry via red-and-cyan anaglyphic glasses, the conflation of negative and positive spaces, drawings on mirrored surfaces, and the use of binoculars as a viewing and framing device. View all posts by yukimaruyama