[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Vincent Van Gogh: Colorblind?,‘About Seeing’ exhibition - Madison
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Vincent Van Gogh: Colorblind? App Sheds Light On Master Painter's Work
Was van Gogh colorblind? At first blush, the question seems absurd. But
a new tool developed by Kazunori Asad, a Japanese vision expert,
breathes fresh life into the seemingly-preposterous theory.
Asad says he first noticed certain characteristics of van Gogh's work
could indicate colorblindness while giving a speech in Hokkaido, Japan,
on color deficiencies. An exhibit there cast the artist's masterpieces
in various lights, attempting to replicate how they'd be perceived by
people with one or more defective sets of cones, a structure in the eye
used to view color.
‘About Seeing’ offers visions from artists with limited sight
When the lines on the tennis court began to wave and wobble, Dan O’Neal
knew something was wrong.
“I kept blinking my eye and blinking my eye,” he said. There was “a
giant gray area” in the center of his left eye.
When O’Neal went to the doctor, the diagnosis was crushing: macular
degeneration, which robs a person of the central part of his vision in
one or both eyes. O’Neal, a Stevens Point artist, makes his living as an
oil painter of still lifes and portraits.
“To take away something that you cherish the most … is like cutting you
at the knees,” O’Neal said. “You are knocked down. I did not know what
was going to happen.”
A chronological series of O’Neal’s paintings, from pre-degeneration
through surgery to his post-op work, are part of a new exhibition called
“About Seeing” at the James Watrous Gallery on the third floor of the
Overture Center. The show opens Friday, Aug. 31
Chuck Close is a contemporary artist with prosopagnosia, or face
blindness — he can’t recognize faces, even those he’s closest to. A 1981
portrait on display in “About Seeing” looks like a pixilated gray blur.
The second half of the show focuses on work by O’Neal and two other
artists — Madison artist Tom Linfield, who works in pencil, oil pastels
and mosaic, and Heidi Lasher-Oakes, a sculptor who taught at the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. ...
James Watrous Gallery, third floor of Overture Center, 201 State St.
Aug. 31-Oct. 14; exhibition opening Sunday, Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m.
Additional talks in the gallery:
Saturday, Sept. 29, 3-4:30 p.m.: Color: More than Meets the Eye, a
gallery talk and demonstration with chemist Rodney Schreiner (in
conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival).
Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.: Gallery talk with artist Tom Linfield in
conjunction with MMoCA’s Gallery Night.
Sunday, October 7, 2–3:30 p.m.: Gallery talk with artist Dan O’Neal and
ophthalmologist Barbara Blodi on the changes in O’Neal’s color
perception after he developed macular degeneration, and the “eye-mind”
relationship revealed through brain-imaging.
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