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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Richard Jurus

SPE Member since 1991
Member Chapter: Midwest

Playing the mind guerrilla

Richard Jurus
Artist Statement
"¦ Pushing the barriers planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla "¦

We all been playing those mind games forever "¦
- John Lennon, Mind Games

My interests as a game player, provocateur and artist correspond directly to the response my work evokes in the viewer's mind. I get as much enjoyment from watching someone contemplate a piece of artwork as I do from making the piece or viewing it myself. Effective work must move beyond considerations associated with validity and relevance to reveal its true evocative power. The viewer should experience a visceral reaction to the work itself.

The viewer has the choice of believing what is seen with his or her eyes or recognizing that what is seen exists as a pictorial theatrical production. In this regard, I am intrigued by the psychology of perception. I strive to establish imagery that elicits a sense of ambiguity within the viewer's mind. I present visual problems to which the viewer must react to as a means to develop a personal narrative.

I believe the interpretation and subsequent response evoked by my imagery derives from the predilections and biases people carry within themselves. Upbringing, social class, race, and religion strongly impact what a person sees and experiences when confronted with an image. To this end, I am compelled to combine icons, props, written titles and statements that directly challenge a viewer's personal perception.

My most recent body of work combines two of my current interests / dogs and gardening. I feel the combination of my endeavors can be observed in my altered interpretation of the reality presented.

Quail Hunt, The Deep South


Don't Touch Baby

The Last Tango

Don't you get it?

French Kiss

Run Rabbit Run

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