Mind and body: The problem with perspective systems

The physicality of perspective systems

Just now I was reading a paper about the perspective systems in Ancient Chinese painting. At some point I thought that maybe this obsession we have towards creating a sophisticated system that could act as an objective recipient for the depiction of reality has a lot to do with how we interact with the physical world. I mean, both Euclidean and not Euclidean geometry have proven to be useful for the making of blueprints and even build or change the physical world, so why not try to keep using them in order to depict our experience of reality?

This is an Idea that has been around for thousands of years but history has shown that Artists, specially painters have always challenged it’s rules, and I think this has to do with the fact that in order to depict reality, we have to experience it and we do this with both our physical body and our minds. So, a system that favours our physical body over our minds is not efficient.

The convenience of the Flat canvas


From the readings I made for my research paper, I now know that linear perspective was born as an objective system to depict reality on flat surfaces, according to history this started with mirrors and was reinforced by architecture and it is obvious that flat paintings fit easily on flat walls, of course there are examples of images that do not follow this rule, in some cases, architecture is setting the path and in others, images follow the functional or symbolic uses of the object.

When you think about canvases, sketchbooks, prints and photographs it is easy to think about the convenience of the flat image, it makes easy to present it, to store it and reproduce it, so it seems that this feature of the image prevails over the content of it. It is a condition that seems almost fundamental about image creation… but is it? or better yet, should it be?

What about painting? From my experience, is really confortable to paint over a flat canvas instead of doing it over a non-flat one, but the same true for medium size canvases if compared to big or really small ones, and that is not enough reason to prefer medium size canvases. Further more, although physical comfort might be a desirable thing to have when painting, it is not always the same for mental comfort.

Convenient entrapment

So apparently, the use of both perspective systems (specially linear) and flat surfaces is convenient for practical reasons, but it does come with a price, we are trying to depict reality using tools that privilege the physical side over the mental one.



Framed landscapes – A collage of memories

At the end of July I found the perfect excuse to start working on middle size pieces, I saw an open call on the mall galleries and I wanted to build two pieces large enough to be presented to this contest, I applied the same construction principles I had learn with smaller pieces but soon I discovered it was going to be a far  more complex and challenging process.

My idea for this was to connect different moments represented by different images inside a single piece. I wanted to represent the idea that visual memory is a collage of elements dynamically attached to one another.

I started by selecting two images from a gallery of photographs I took on two different trips to natural parks near London i.e. Richmond Park and Windsor Park, then I went through a gallery of photographs from my cellphone and selected two more images from past experiences, Finally, I “stitched” them both inside Blender and built a 3D model of them.



Afterwards, I had to rethink my construction logic and spent quite a good amount of time just learning how to translate the 3D model onto 3 separated layers of foam.

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Finally I was able to finish both pieces for the contest and now I am waiting for the results.

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In this series I was really decided to take risks, and I did take more than a couple, now I feel inspired to take things even further. I think that this first attempt was pretty successful.

Sculpting the 3D image

This summer I dedicated a fair amount of time developing my practice as a painter/sculptor. Thanks to my experience building the pieces for the MA Final show I gained enough confidence to start working on a new series of painting sculptures.

I wanted to make a series of small pieces I called “square landscapes”, this was an opportunity to test a new approach to the construction process and although I still working on them, I gained crucial knowledge on how to use the materials.

First I selected 4 photographs; two landscapes from UK and two photos I took while living in Colombia, I made two different 3D models combining one landscape with one image from Colombia.






Self-portrait#4 – Expanding the image

I Spent almost 3 weeks working really hard on this piece for the interim show, I have to say that I did learn a lot as I did try to push the limits of my technique, I feel that I really did sculpt this piece rather than just cut out pieces.

With this piece I want to push the limits of the flat image, expanding it and bending it to unleash its representative potential. Basically I am trying to create a self portrait that looks back creating a loop around the represented subject.






Right now, I feel that I should do more pieces with subjects to find new ways to compose them inside the 3D space.

3D Self-portraits

In the past month I had made two different pieces exploring self-portraiture, In the first one called “I am”, I want to explore the use of 3D shapes to materialize a sequence of frames, In the other piece called self-portrait#4, I want to explore the condensation of the body in a 3D object.

I am


self-portrait #4



Landscape on a Black Square – Process as part of the piece

This week I am part of an exhibition called “Everyone should paint a black square at least once in their life”, I is on display at Raum Gallery. It is very interesting to see how 14 people approach this theme from so many different perspectives.

I have to say that this was a quite interesting experiment for me as I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to make just hours before the deadline. At the end I delivered a piece that evolved onto the most unexpected thing as I ended up doing a drawing/text piece.

The day before that I made a drawing of a landscape inside an black square using a fairly complicated process. I did record the whole process as I thought it would present it next to the piece, On the day of the opening and having a chat with Anthi and Donald, I ended up writing a text that became a significant part of the piece.

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The process (text)

  1. A Preview was used to open a .jpg file made from a screen capture of a environment created using a .fbx file made from a .svg file generated from a .jpg file built from a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook.
  2. A Blender was used to import a .svg file made from a .jpg file built from a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook. A curve was converted into a mesh and then it was extruded on a “Z” axis, afterwards it was exported as a .fbx
  3. A Photoshop was used to open a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook.. It was developed and it and saved as a .jpg
  4. A black marker was used to draw a Black Square over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook.
  5. A camera was used to make a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook.
  6. A Illustrator was used to open a .jpg file built from a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook. It was converted into a vector shape and exported it as a .svg
  7. A Unity was used to import a .fbx file created from a .svg file made from a .jpg file built from a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook. It was placed on a plane and scaled up until it looked huge, then, a prefab character was placed inside and used to walk around to test all. Some mountains and trees were added and it was tested again. A prefab character was used to find a perfect spot, then, cmnd+shift+3 were pressed to create a .jpg file from a screen capture.
  8. A black pen was used to draw a landscape inside a black square that was drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook using a black marker. It was a landscape from a .jpg file made from a screen capture of a 3D environment generated using a .fbx file created from a .svg file that was made from a .jpg file built from a .cr2 file of a Black Square drawn over a white sheet of paper from a black notebook.

The process


Finding the right spot

I did Run the Unity file and walked around the space util I found the perfect spot to make my drawing.

My reflections

I had the intention to ad text as part of my pieces, this exercise has given me some ideas to use it in the future, It was fun to remove my self from the text and make it as a vague instructional document.

I thing I will keep on looking for new ways to reflect about my process.


I brought you a boot from Paris

Last week I went on a trip to Paris, nice weather, lovely company and lots of interesting places to visit. Since the first day, I used my camera for different experiments while walking freely through the streets of this wonderful city, one might say that this was my first big psychogeographic exploration.

Right now I am building several models and I wanted to post some renders of one that is really interesting for me as it combines an actual object with a chunk of the surrounding environment.

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This exercise has taught me a lot, now I am planning to build both a VR “walk around” and a 360 video.

My reflection:

I think I have a lot to explore, many ideas in my head, it is really interesting to create “3D found objects” from photographs, there are a lot of technical questions to keep in mind but I really like aesthetics of this digitalization process, I think this offers a lot of opportunities for my research on the process of memory preservation an recollection.

Camberwell Rollercoaster – Fishing with VR

DIWO-1This last Wednesday Raum Gallery opened the door for me and I had the opportunity to spend for almost 7 hours sharing my first VR piece with people that was passing by (At some point I used the VR set as a “fish hook” – it worked!).


Although I was not counting, I estimate that at least 50 brave participants sat to experiment my VR experiment. This experience taught me a lot as I had the opportunity to chat with almost everybody about the experience.


One unexpected and wonderful fact about this whole event is that, for more than half of the participants, it was the first time ever they interacted with a VR device.

Although it may feel quite different, I want to share this video in order to give you the flavor of what people experienced.

Special thanks to:


360 + hours to render!

Last week I started to work on an animation for a VR presentation that I made yesterday. When I was working on Blender, I decided to check if it was possible to make a 360 video of this animation, I discovered that it was actually very easy to set the parameters to render this kind of video, however, the difficult part is actually rendering the video on a decent quality. Now I know that I have to find a powerful computer to get it right.

So far I’ve made 4 attempts, this is the one with the biggest quality :/

Francis Bacon

He was an Iris born British painter, he has been a huge influence for my work and now I am beginning to understand why.

This are some particularly interesting quotes I found in this video:

…”When you go into a butcher’s shop you see the beauty of meat”…” when you think about it, also you can think of the whole horror of life, of one thing living of another”.

…”How do I feel”…”How can I make this image more immediately real to my self”.

…”people like to get a meaning for everything”

…”But it is truth to say that off course, that when you paint anything”…”you are also painting not only the subject but you are painting yourself as well”…”painting is a double…it is a dual performance”.

“I want a very order image but I want it to come about by chance”…”one wants a thing to be as factual as possible, and at the same time, as deeply suggestive, or deeply unlocking of areas of sensation other than simple illustration of the object that you set out to do”.

“The subject of meat is such a marvellous subject matter”…”If you go into some of these great stores where you just go through this great holes of death, you can see meat and fish and birds and everything else, all lying dead there”.

On a recent trip to Barcelona I visited La Boquería market, there I found a huge contrast between different subjects, I couldn’t help to see this place as a “Baconian” place, full of strong scenes with bright colors, I was also attracted by the mix of scenes. A fruit shop with beautiful fruits on display, a butchery with dead animals and a bakery stuffed with delicious pastry and biscuits.