The Necker Way Painting by Conor Flynn O'Donnell

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Painting: Oil on Canvas.

This painting came from a period of investigation about a year ago when I began to play around with pushing the levels of accuracy I used in my work. .

A couple of years previous to this I made a peg board for steaming wood into particular shapes. I made it quite carelessly and quickly, drilling a series of holes into an inaccurate but functional grid shape. What I noticed as I spent a lot of time around it was that after time I stopped noticing the imperfections of the peg placements and it soon seemed to me that it was accurate, even perfect.

Remembering this inspired me to research how the eye and brain worked. To try and understand this better I began to read scientific books such as The Mechanics of the Mind by Colin Blackemore, Mirrors in Mind by Richard Gregory and Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

While reading these books I came across a scientific diagram called the Necker Cube. This showed a three dimensional cube with a dot in the middle. The dot could be visualised to be on the front or the back of the cube depending on how you looked at it. This diagram became the inspiration for the painting ‘The Necker Way’.


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The Necker Way

Conor Flynn O'Donnell

Switzerland

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Size: 47.2 W x 43.3 H x 1.6 in

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