“What I don’t know about space” Esther Stoker

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Based on a grid, 2012, 8,1 x 14,8 x 4,5 m Installation view Mind the System, find the Gap. Z33 – house for contemporary art, Hasselt, Begium. Photo: Kristof Vrancken

I love Esther Stocker’s work. She is onto something deeply rooted in human spatial cognition. The way we perceive the space around us can be reduce somehow to a finite numbers of line and curves. The essence of which can be express using black lines on a static white canvas or like here  in dynamic white space. Those sets are somehow photogenic, although those photos gives only one point of view of the installation. Only by moving inside the space,  we will start to question the way we perceive and process our surroundings.

La solitudine dell'opera (Blanchot). Parte 2, 2010, wood, acrylic, 2,15 x 1,80 x 12,70 m Associazione Ko.Ji.Ku., Galleria Studio 44, Genova. Photo: Loredana Ginocchio
La solitudine dell’opera (Blanchot). Parte 2, 2010, wood, acrylic, 2,15 x 1,80 x 12,70 m
Associazione Ko.Ji.Ku., Galleria Studio 44, Genova. Photo: Loredana Ginocchio

This work reminds me of the Feature Extraction Theories  and the Pandemonium Architecture from Oliver Selfridge (1959) with his “demons”.   In a bottom-up  approach (check old post on top-down processing), after the image is received on the retina, those “Features Demons” match any feature (black line) to be integrated as a perception that suppose to be linked with other to form a higher level system. However, here, you find yourself stuck in between because those pieces never really get to form a system. So you keep looking, moving, predicting ….

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Untitled, 2008, masking tape and emulsion paint on wall and wooden elements, 241 x 359 x 345 cm exhibition view the truth of basics, resetting the history of living between four walls, Lift off 2008, Onomatopee, Eindhoven