September-October 2017 Exhibits


Paintings by Richard Whitten

Matt Brand/Zintaglio Arts: Phantasmagoria

EXHIBIT DATES:  September 23-November 4, 2017
September 23, 5:00-7:00pm
Please join us for a talk with the artists at 5pm
followed by a reception.

About the Exhibits

Paintings by Richard Whitten

"My paintings imply the existence of places and of “objects of desire” that, like the garden and flowers in Alice in Wonderland, can only be touched through sight and the imagination." - Richard Whitten



Richard Whitten earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of California at Davis where he studied with both Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. He has had numerous exhibitions on both coasts. Notable are major solo exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, the Newport Art Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, and the University of Maine Museum of Art.



Matt Brand/Zintaglio Arts: Phantasmagoria

“Phantasmagoria” by Matt Brand features his Specular Holograms—microscopically textured metal plates that reflect three-dimensional phantoms, and Lumographic Lenses—irregularly ground optics that rearrange sunbeams into morphing faces.  The exhibit title, “Phantasmagoria,” was a form of horror theater that used one or more magic lanterns to project frightening images, such as skeletons, demons, and ghosts onto walls, smoke, or semi-transparent screens.



Brand, a research scientist and the founder of Zintaglio Arts, was inspired by research psychologist Roger Shepard, who wrote, "I like to caricature perception as externally guided hallucination, and dreaming and hallucination as internally simulated perception.” 

“Across many sciences, the idea has been a fertile generator of delightful experiments,” said Brand.  “As a way of sharing the fun, I like to develop new kinds of ‘external guidance,’ then figure out how to make them work artistically. The imagery in this show is dynamic, ephemeral, and more visible to your mind’s eye than it is to a camera; as befits our times, what you see depends on where you stand and what you are looking for.”

Zintaglio Arts specializes in public and museum art installations that exploit physical and perceptual phenomena to produce unexpected experiences. Brand explains the origins of “Zintaglio.” “We get the illusion of Z (depth) from scintilla (glints) on intaglio (carved surfaces). Say that fast enough and you get zintaglio.”

Brand’s research into the mechanisms underlying learning, perception, and control has led to several industrially successful technologies, over 100 scientific publications and technical patents, and uncountable manipulated images on the web.