Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Dylan Vandenhoeck
Brooklyn NY US
Updated: 2017-11-28 11:26:56


I make observational paintings. I paint either on location, from voice memo phenomenological accounts, from preparatory drawings/photos/notes, or a combination of the three. From life, but what does life actually look like? It’s far from straight-forward. We are told we can perceive the world but cannot perceive our own perception. Those words do not align with lived experience. Phenomena like the sides of the nose, acuity and the vague periphery, stereopsis, proprioception, an eyebrow or eyelash catching and refracting the light, color, the curve inherent to the eye that appears in the horizon, entoptic phenomena like floaters, afterimages, visual snow, and pressure phosphenes—all of these are structural, perceptible, and not mere anomalies hovering above an objective world. The body is directly complicit in the perception of the world to begin with. Even the most externalist phenomenology rests on the reciprocity between subject and object. The moments in my life that call out to be painted are those in which I feel most present in the world, when the weight of the ambiguity between inside and outside becomes too intense to ignore.  -2017



“Inside and outside are inseparable. The world is wholly inside and I am wholly outside of myself.”
— Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception

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