Echo Theory (2014)

Christopher Hollins

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Echo Theory explores the idea that a direct objective experience of any object or an event will bring recall of a dormant way of sensing into our powers of observation, and this idea looks to create raw indeterminate shapes and imprecise colour through art to rekindle sensations that our minds work to remove from our day-to-day lives. I believe that art made to avoid learned ideas and controlled content – working to remove recognisable images, stories, social comment, composition, harmony, structural organisation and technique – gives recall of this raw encounter with material that we look to remove from our perception, and my assertion is that using raw material as art brings back to mind echo's of animal impulses that we have evolved to suppress in all we see and do. My work implies any art objects that provoke recall of these animal impulses will disturb us rather than please us, and we will find ourselves looking to reduce the uncertainty experienced in the presence of raw material by searching for imaginative imagery - faces or figures in runs and dribbles of paint, patterns in disorder, or melody in sounds, etc. because this as a behavioural response that has developed through art to keep an older experience out of our minds. I am looking to the idea that any artist unaware of this behaviour will create work that removes rawness from their work, whilst those who are aware will look to promote rawness to bring recall of the remains of a dormant way of sensing.
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