These paintings use formal symbol layout to propose meaning is recursive. There is a common syntax of modular elements, geometric transformations and iterative logic. This pictorial space makes claims about reality. The matter-of-factness (or -flatness) points out that, given the infinity of possible light patterns, what we see just happens to be this way. This relates to Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological ‘expression’- the synthesis of mind-body-world. What we see is inextricable from what we are. To be blunt, we are meat computers.
Painting picks up where science leaves off. Brain imaging, fMRI, is limited to measuring localized neural activity- the brain’s plumbing so to speak. This work visualizes what’s going on another level down. The experience of a racing mind, a meditative state, or a playful outlook is achieved through pictorial computation. It posits personal history colors, shades and outlines what we see.
-Alex Puz, 2020