What the eye does not see – David Hockney (Painting)

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What the eye does not see

Look at this picture and try to count how many black spots appear on it.


You can see them 12 intermediate points at the same time? Probably not.

Peripheral vision is characterized by its ability to locate, recognize and respond to the information that is in the different areas of the visual field around an object on which we fix attention. In humans it covers up to about 180 degrees, but it has its faults.

In the above image, to focus on a specific point, our brain reads what is around it, but does it in a wrong way and is not able to process the black dots that are placed at intersections interpreting everything as if there were only gray lines and white space.

Anywhere in the world with TV, radio, or Internet, news fill our day with images violence, theft, abductions, wars, economic collapse and terrorism. It is as if we could only see gray lines and whitespace. Our brain forgets the intermediate points and, as memory has a very particular way of working, what we remember not correspond at all with reality, but with our interpretation of it. according interpret, Sorry. Somehow, we will leaving the grounds of the negative to really feel by synesthesia in which we hear colors, we see sounds, or even we have feelings of pain through images.

If in our day to day, our emotions are violence, gray lines, horror, Blanks, feel and remember emotions gray and white spaces retrayéndonos ourselves by sheer protection.

Fortunately, reverse the situation is easy. The mind tends to be selective in the type of emotions you want to remember, and prefers to disconnect the memories of painful emotions as soon as possible, while you want to keep the pleasant emotions associated with happy events as long as possible and is, then, When art plays in that space of intermediate points that our brain does not always see, but when it does, They are a way to evade the negative.

David Hockney He is a painter, engraver, set designer and British photographer. It is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. His work brings genuine bursts of optimism.

Hockney was born with synesthesia. Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Mondrian, and Georgia O'Keefe, as well. Hockney came to fuse sound and color in the scenery "The child and the spells" to Ravel's opera. Because virtue, Hockney's paintings are his way of intermediate points between contaminated much information around us.


It is not easy to choose a single category to David Hockney art, because he is a tireless seeker jumping from one genre to another to avoid falling into boredom. Painting, recorded, who, illustration, video, photography, scenic design and, lately, drawings with your mobile phone.


"Drawing flowers every day on my iPhone and send them to my friends, to have fresh flowers every morning. And my flowers last. I can not just draw like you would on a notebook, but that I can send 15 or 20 people who can receive the same morning rise ".

He defines himself as a person “very visual” in a culture that “it is not”, even if many believe otherwise.

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, It is a work that oozes the vital and optimistic spirit of the 'swinging London’ out of the 60, and it has become an iconic image of that time.

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy

His vast work includes designing stage sets for operas like The Rake's Progress (1951), de Igor Stravinsky, or The magic Flute (1791), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Normally in his works he uses photographic and optical resources to represent the perspective.


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In 2001 He published a controversial study: "The Secret Knowledge", in which he argued that many classical painters, as Johannes Vermeer, inter alia, optical systems were served as the camera obscura moving images projected onto canvas.

In "The Secret Knowledge" tells the story of his pictorial search. You can see below,es.