It seems like I’ve designed exhibits for everyone but myself, so this month I installed my own collection of paintings along with groovy interpretive panels. Titled Radiant Entropy: An Exhibit of Entoptic Phenomenon, the exhibit is on display at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts from February 16th through March 25th, 2018.

Ali Pearson enjoying “Radiant Entropy: An Exhibit of Entoptic Phenomenon” at the Sebastopol Center for The Arts.

Consisting of seven paintings and four interpretive panels, the exhibit describes some of the history regarding abstract visual traditions, and then attempts to explain the origin and processes of these visual archetypes that are sometimes generated internally by the mind. Based on perception research gathered from the time I was at RISD in 1980 to the present day, it helps to guide the viewer through the dizzying display of paintings.

If anything, the panels serve as a coherent resting place between the abstract imagery. They also allow me to show off some of my technical illustration skills, which I have always enjoyed drawing and viewing in others’ books and publications. The exhibit is one of contrasts between the ambiguous, colorful paintings, and the stark black and white academic descriptions.

Since I created a small catalog, I have included it here as a PDF file for those unable to visit the actual exhibit, although I recommend making the effort because the Sebastopol Center for the Arts is a top-notch gallery in a community that is dedicated to supporting the arts. They are located at 282 S High St, Sebastopol, CA 95472 and are open from 10am to 4pm daily except Mondays.

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Chris Bird is a designer for print and web specializing in the development of marketing materials for a varied spectrum of clients. He currently resides in Santa Rosa, California. His music website is at www.studio1057.com and his painting and fine arts website is located at cbird167.weebly.com