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Lain York's A Brief History of Swimming Pool Design (2500 B.C.) 

When: June 27-Aug. 2 2011
“Gestalt” is a term imported into modern art criticism from psychology, and holds that all experience is related to specific and basic structures that cannot be subdivided. It translates into art with images where the whole transcends its individual elements, like M.C. Escher’s trompe l’oeil lithographs or Matisse’s “Joie De Vivre.” Artist Lain York used a Sharpie marker and correction tape on birch laminate to make suggestive drawings like these at Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery, which is an ideal venue to press questions about cerebral aesthetic theory with an ephemeral playfulness. York told the Scene that his Swimming Pools series is mostly derived from Gestalt practices, and needs the viewer’s perception to complete the image. He also speaks of more architectural references entering his work, “mostly in the way of topographic images of archeological digs, including a collection from the 1950s on Bactriana-era Middle East.”
— Laura Hutson


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