MERE REAL THINGS
JULIAN AUBREY SMITH
This series of paintings is an investigation into the Gestalt principle of reification as a component of illusionism. To reify is to regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence. These works are focussed upon the point at which superficial marks upon one surface read as another surface entirely. They are realist paintings masquerading as abstractions, or perhaps vice-versa.