Part i: OFFICE HOURS

The work in Office Hours started as an escape. Escape through repetition and pattern building. Escape from content. Empty of any subject per se, left behind are abstracted and destabilizing views of my studio interior containing very little other than mirrors and disruption fields of patterned office paper. As a series of black and white photographs, Office Hours is a glimpse of recursive activity over time spent isolated in my studio.

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Part ii:  Some thoughts on Pattern Recognition

Recognizing patterns allow us to predict and expect what is coming. The process of pattern recognition involves matching the information received with the information already stored in the brain. Pattern recognition requires repetition of experience. Even koalas, who possess less-developed thinking abilities, use pattern recognition to find and consume eucalyptus leaves. The human brain has developed more, but holds similarities to the brains of birds and lower mammals.

Spatial positioning in the environment, remembering findings, and detecting hazards and resources to increase chances of survival are examples of the application of pattern recognition for humans and animals. Pattern recognition allows us to read words, understand language, recognize friends, and even appreciate music.

Psychologist Richard Gregory estimated that about 90% of the information is lost between the time it takes to go from the eye to the brain, which is why the brain must guess what the person sees based on past experiences. In other words, we construct our perception of reality, and these perceptions are hypotheses or propositions based on past experiences and stored information. The formation of incorrect propositions will lead to errors of perception such as visual illusions.

 
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