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Backward Masking + Inverse Reflection (48x72 in. w/explanation below)

For the longest time I have been most interested in the concept of masks and/or masking (think African or Venetian ball masks, or uniforms or titles, etc).  It's an archetypal metaphor for much of what humans engage in on many levels: artistic, social, economic, political, etc.

While these masks (and my other paintings) are largely autobiographical, as is virtually all good art and literature, they go way beyond the obvious and superficial message. 

Backward Masking is a technical term used in music, acoustics, and in cognitive psychology, which is how I've intended it's use and meaning here.  The intended and obvious message is really a cover or decoy for the more hidden message, which is really there to see anyway, but it's lurking just beneath the surface of things.  Put another way, there is always much more than meets the eye (or other senses).

This Wikipedia definition will help understand the concept better as it relates to my paintings.

Backward masking

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Backward masking has several meanings.

  • The original meaning of the term, in psychoacoustics, refers to temporal masking of quiet sounds that occur moments before a louder sound.
  • A similar meaning, in use in cognitive psychology, refers to a phenomenon wherein presenting one visual stimulus (a "mask" or "masking stimulus") immediately after another brief (≤ 50 ms) "target" visual stimulus leads to a failure to consciously perceive the first stimulus.[1] It is unknown how a later stimulus is able to block an earlier one. However, one theory for this phenomenon, known as the dual channel interaction theory, proposes that a fast signal created by the second stimulus is able to catch up to and overcome a slower signal sent from the first impulse.[2] A similar phenomenon can occur when a masking stimulus precedes a target stimulus rather than follows it: this is known as forward masking.[1] While not consciously perceived, the masked stimulus can nevertheless still have an effect on cognitive processes such as context interpretation. It has been shown that visually masked stimuli can elicit motor responses in simple reaction-time tasks (e.g., Response Priming) independent of their conscious visibility.[3] It is a widespread belief that masked stimuli can be used for psychological manipulation (see subliminal messages, psychorama). However, the empirical evidence for subliminal persuasion is limited.
  • In popular music, "backward masking" incorrectly refers to backmasking, or hiding messages in sound recordings that are audible when played backward.

Gary Walker, Primal Artist



Camera Maker:Nikon Corporation
Camera Model:NIKON D7000
Original Time Taken:2014:08:06 10:48:46
Shutter Speed:1/50 sec
Aperture:f/4
ISO Sensitivity:800
Exposure Compensation:0 EV
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash Fired:No Flash
Focal Length:35 mm

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