Chris Sheils, Fake Views

October 18 - November 11, 2023

Each of the images presents a different visual conflict, in the sense that the conflict disrupts the way our brains perceive three dimensional space around us. In spite of around thirty percent of our brain’s activity being devoted solely to vision, shortcuts are taken and it is those vulnerabilities that the images exploit. This is exemplified in the Sentinel when the viewer’s perception of the vertical reference plane changes depending on which part of the image is being viewed. Alternatively, Get Some Perspective breaks the golden rules of depth perception.

  1. A nearer object will appear larger than an identical object further away.
  2. A nearer object will obscure a more distant object.

In three dimensions these rules are immutable truths, yet in two dimensions they are more flexible.

Early in its history, photography was lauded for its capacity to render scenes accurately. If we accept that these images are photographs then they are photographs of scenes which could not possibly exist which questions the nature of reality itself and our perception of it.

Try to imagine a reality where these places could exist. Its like believing in six impossible things before breakfast.