Further exploring the archive of our Artist in Residence, Rory Duckhouse, we present a series of pieces from 2014 entitled ‘Line of Sight’.
Here Rory describes the thought process behind these works: “In the 1890s, the psychologist Ivan Pavlov ran a series of experiments on the act of conditioning. Pavlov was looking at the salivation of dogs and noticed they began to salivate when he entered the room, this association between him and the dogs led to the idea of classical conditioning, they associated Pavlov with food and began to salivate when they saw him.”
“Using archival images of Pavlov’s dogs, the work looks at how we interact with an image, being conditioned to look at certain areas while not noticing others. Line of Sight is an investigation into the act of looking, and how we are led through an image. By both leading the viewer through an image and denying them the pleasure of looking, the work aims to ask questions about how we form our modes of looking and the way we are unconsciously led through an image.”