David Burrows’ new body of work, I TO EYE, extends the artists ongoing interest in binocular visual depth perception. This project takes the form of a series of head-studies presented in medium format stereoscopes inset into custom-built boxes. Using the visceral experience of looking directly into the eyes of another person as a point of departure these works exploit the mechanisms stereoscopic vision to create a place of encounter, confrontation and intimacy.
In the moment of eye contact we feel ourselves seeing as well as being seen. The sense of ‘self’ and ‘other’ is compounded into an electric transmission. When we meet eye-to-eye vision becomes touch. The cold voyeuristic distance of the sight collapses into a feedback loop of two beings searching and sensing each other. Be it confrontational or intimate, caring or pleading, confessional, coy, bold, or aggressive. A truth is always present in that moment.
This project offers the viewer the opportunity to stare intimately into the eyes of a stranger, to study the landscape of their face, encountering it as a volumetric form rather than a flat portrait. Burrows plays a dark game with the resonant sensations of proximity and disembodiment inherent in the experience of viewing a stereoscope.