Harold Haydon

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Harold Haydon, now in his 84th year, has argued for more than half a century that the spatial and optical traditions of the entire history of Western art are based in error, and that to date he has been the sole artist to approach these elements in an accurate manner. He particularly rails against what he describes as the “Cyclops convention”: the attempt to render a world observed with the use of only one eye, with all elements, whether near or far, simultaneously existing in focus and seen from a single vantage point, positing what Hay-don reads as a patently false universe. Haydon’s paintings instead are based on the observation that humans are binocular, and forever perceive a world of doubled and overlapping images, comprised of continually shifting fields of focus. Never stable, never at rest, the world to Haydon is perpetually oscillating, a dizzying feast of complex and interweaving

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