The One Who Looks, Looks Upon the One Who Looks Upon the One Who Looks Upon...

Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College - Memphis, TN / January 24 - March 21, 2020

The title of this exhibition (The One Who Looks, Looks Upon the One Who Looks Upon the One Who Looks Upon…) comes from a lyric on Kuperus & Miller’s upcoming album PERCEPTION is/as/of DECEPTION under the name ADULT. that is to be released in April 2020 on Dais Records.  The album consists of nine songs based on the uncertainty of what we see, how we see it, what we do with that information we are delivered day in/day out. Influences for the album include Merleau-Ponty, Goethe, Aldous Huxley’s “Doors of Perception” and Jean Cocteau’s “Blood of a Poet.”  They will take these ideas and combine them with new ideas for this exhibition. One of those new ideas comes from poly artist Jaron Lanier (an american computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music). When he was asked what the difference between social media advertising and billboards/print advertising was, he said that billboards and print ads don’t look back at the viewer.  The idea of looking and being looked back at is the core of this exhibition. Miller's work focuses on work that looks at the viewer while being looked at and Kuperus’ work is the antithesis as she focuses on the idea of not being seen. Collaboratively, the work addresses both being seen and being unseen.