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Rorschach: Draw Your Own Conclusions

Originally Posted: January 02, 2007

Bravura art and objects brings us "Rorschach: Draw Your Own Conclusions", an interactive exhibit including Psychodiagnostic inkblots by Hermann Rorschach, from Saturday, January 6 through Monday, January 22, 2007. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 6, from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Rorschach installation is consistent with Bravura's goal to reference the past with an eye for now and the future. This exhibition leaves all meaning to the observer. It presents images that demonstrate a dynamic specific to abstract art, the subtle process of non-spatial personal association and revelation in the spoken or silent dialogue between creator and viewer.

Two complete sets of Hermann Rorschach inkblot test plates, first published in 1921, will be displayed in sequence. One set of ten images will be shown right side up, the other set, upside down. Immediate interpretive conclusions can be reached by observing the startling dynamic shift in form and meaning of the twenty opposed images. Visitors will be encouraged to jot down what they see and/or feel on an anonymous conclusion list. A report will be available to share findings from those who, sincerely or in jest, opted to participate.

Concurrently shown artworks by late 19th century, early 20th century and contemporary Asian and American artists shed light on how abstract and oblique figurative or Surrealist imagery allows a willing viewer to tap into pragmatic and sensory thoughts, feelings and memories. What reads as positive or obscure to one person may be negative or concrete to another.

Bravura's founder Leonard Barton says, "The exhibit attempts to demonstrate the inherently democratic nature of non-objective and Surrealist art and its influence on modern awareness. The real world and our psyches are neither horizontal nor vertical, nor are they aligned in pictorial perspective. These upside down, double-faced dynamically combined, random, contrasted, out-of-context images can evoke responses, feelings and revelations akin to those experienced in cinema, theater, advertising - with the use of subliminal images - literature and music. In this modern world, are we being 'Rorschached' on a daily basis? What do these abstract forms mean? You are invited to draw your own conclusions."

The Rorschach inkblot test is a method of psychological examination developed by Hermann Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist and advocate of psychoanalysis, in the early 20th century. It is still used today by psychologists to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functions of their patients. The test consists of ten official inkblots on standardized cards. The patient is asked to list everything seen in each blot. Rorschach used a scoring system that highlighted whether form, perceived movement or color of the blot influenced a response. He considered the test to be one of perception and apperception rather that imagination.

Bravura art and objects is located at 22 Nugent Street, Southampton, NY, 11968, 631-259-2605 or www.bravurastyle.com.