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Patterns of White Defining Black Defining White, Dot, Dot, Dot, Obscuring the Individual

Published onJan 22, 2021
Patterns of White Defining Black Defining White, Dot, Dot, Dot, Obscuring the Individual

Image © Rose Frantzen. Reproductions of this image are not permitted unless express consent is provided by the artist.

Image © Rose Frantzen. Reproductions of this image are not permitted unless express consent is provided by the artist.

Patterns of White Defining Black Defining White, Dot, Dot, Dot, Obscuring the Individual, 2017

Rose Frantzen (American, b. 1965)

Oil on linen

On loan from the artist.

The subjects in the pair of paintings are posed as if for a formal portrait, their forms covered with the illusions of black and white shapes forcing the viewer to see a shape not truly there. Pre-assumed ideas can lead to confirmation bias when getting to know others. How does this create phantom evidence for something based on the biases we hold?

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