Bear Kirkpatrick: Wallportraits
Portfolio Introduction
“Wallportraits” are an investigation of human visual response, a way to push against something and see what gets pushed back. More than “pushing,” though, the act is more like “pulling”; instead of adding, I am taking something away. To veil anything, in particular a human face, works on the imagination creatively (what’s hidden?), religiously (is this the face as God sees it, alone and unadorned?) and psychologically (can we negate anything without it rearing back stronger and thus becoming a sometimes dangerous obsession?). Each of these questions provoke responses: they create a flowering in the eyes, an elaboration of setting, and the shaping of a time and space the sitter seems to have carried with them into their birth.

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