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Mark Schuler’s camera and photography have been an integrating force throughout his life and have created a narrative across his travels, professional life, personal relationships, and artistic endeavors.
His collective body of images reflect the tension created between what is easily recognizable and by the vague impression of what might be. They are the spaces between what the eye sees and what is imagined.
His works rarely allow a person to just look and recognize. Reactions to his work have reflected the feeling of moving back and forth between the more easily recognizable familiar object and that which requires more effort. A tension is created and requires the viewer to participate in order to develop their own experience of the space.
STATEMENT: My focus on the experience of the inner world looks at the space between what is easily seen and what is unrecognizable. This space may be the emotional states of Agony and Ecstasy, emphasizing the point just before nothingness, or the Momentary Glances to the side that may sometimes feel familiar, but are not quite in focus. This may also be the merging with an Object of My Affection, approaching a point when person and object may be united. In MA, (the space between times), a less palpable space between two moments is brought forward into the present.
I also focus on the nature of perception, drawing from my background in neuropsychology. What we perceive is not always what the eye sees. Our perception is shaped by our experiences, feelings, and beliefs, but processed by an organic neuronet known as our brain so that what we see is more recognizable and understandable. My images frequently are presented in the way the eye may actually see an image, requiring the viewer's brain to process that space also.
My works rarely allow a person to just look and recognize. Reactions to my work have reflected the feeling of moving back and forth between the more easily recognizable and that which requires more effort. A tension is created and requires the viewers to participate in order to develop their own experience of the space. Image sizes are usually 16 x 20 inches, 20 x 25 inches, or 16 x 24 inches. A price list can be obtained upon request.