The works in Criminal’s Cinema are intensely perceptual and based on concrete, specific elements of the visual world, but elude exact location and clear description. The title is derived from prisoner’s cinema, an optical phenomenon in which people exposed to long periods of darkness begin to see hallucinatory light shows.
The artists in Criminal’s Cinema voluntarily immerse themselves in their visual environments and, through their art, give form to what they’ve seen. The works in this exhibition function like memories — points of view shift, images appear and disappear, space is warped, and color bleeds. Locating ourselves in these works is difficult: we know what we’re looking at, but can’t exactly describe what we’re seeing.