Bringing Things Down to Earth: A Phenomenology of Paterson Ewen

Northern Lights Paterson Ewen

Ewen, Paterson. Northern Lights, 1973, acrylic, oil, dry pigment on galvanized steel and gouged plywood, 167.5 x 244.0 cm. Purchase, Margaret P. Nesbitt Endowment, 1973


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Bringing Things Down to Earth: A Phenomenology of Paterson Ewen

April 20, 2011, 7pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
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Bringing Things Down to Earth: A Phenomenology of Paterson Ewen
1 hour 30 minutes

Paterson Ewen’s paintings are kin to phenomenological philosophy, in that they spring from a sense of wonder at the things around us and plunge us into insights about the nature of things and ourselves. In many of his works, Ewen seeks to show, in paint and wood, celestial bodies that are out of this world and beyond easy perceptual grasp. In bringing these things down to earth, he illuminates fundamental dimensions of perceptual experience: spatial and temporal scale, movement and our rootedness in place, surface and depth, lighting and the lit. The talk will introduce phenomenology and its relationship with painting. No philosophy background needed, just wonder. 

David Morris has explored the phenomenology of body, mind, life and nature in numerous publications and presentations, with special attention to the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Morris is Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, Montréal.

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