Ross Neher

  • Mentalism Versus Painting

    Julian Jaynes suggests that mental space is the fundamental analogue-metaphor of the world, and that it was only with the linguistic development of terms for spatial interiority occurring around the second millennium B.C. that subjective consciousness as such can be said to begin.

    —Robert Morris

    Plato is said to have discovered the mind, but it would be more accurate to say that he invented one version of it. Long before his time, the Greeks had constructed an elaborate explanatory system, a strange mixture of physiology and metaphysics. A pure mentalism was not long in making its appearance,

  • Dennis Masback’s Paintings

    . . . look at this prepronominal funferal, engraved and retouched and edgewiped and puddenpadded very like a whale’s egg . . .

    ––Finnegans Wake

    DENNIS MASBACK'S PAINTINGS ARE ALOOF, standoffish, inaccessible, self-absorbed, detached, faintly smug, high-minded, snobbish, maybe jaded; perhaps ruthless, but quite possibly kind, compassionate, and tender (once you get to know them, which takes time). Their repeated layerings of pigmented Liquitex gloss medium create a highly reflective surface, a surface as obdurate as . . . plexiglass? The surface distances, puts us off. The surface, like the