Oh, this is so interesting. V.S. Ramachandran, a scientist/philosopher has explored the concept of Peak Shift, a hard wired brain function from baby birds to you and me, that responds to abstraction in predictable ways. We seek out, devise, and respond to ”deliberate hyperbole, exaggeration, even distortion, in order to create pleasing effects in the brain.”
The Peak Shift in art occurs when the accepted and recognizable is changed by way of artistic abstraction–ancient depictions of gods and goddesses undergo modifications that include the exaggeration of expected features–symbols of strength or fertility change over time to elicit a greater response.
Shift is pleased to kick off 2013 by presenting a group show on the idea of Peak Shift–abstraction, exaggeration, distortion, a deliberately different view of things for your consideration. Please join us for an Artist Reception, meet our newest members, and help us ring in the new year, Thursday, January 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm.Studio is open Friday and Saturday, from 12-5 p. Tashiro-Kaplan Arts Complex #105
306 S. Washington Street
Seattle, WA 98104