Levinas is looking…

To begin with, I am not a philosopher and probably never will be. But relying on the writings of Levinas (see here and here) who speaks of the “face” as a door closed to what is beyond or in his terminology the transcendental, is surely a mysterious fact or thought sparking my imagination as a visual artist when drawing portraits and people , perhaps in the same way as medieval artists did when painting the religiousness of their time.
From another direction but in the same vein of the Levinassian “face” and the “gaze” there is the book by Hagi Kenaan (  “The Ethics of VIsuality,  Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze”, see here)….
 …I quote from Catherine Chalier , “‘Hagi Kenaan questions the manner in which the Other’s face shows itself to us […} he analyses with finesse how the face subverts the primacy of consciousness. The face is a reminder of an alterity irreducible to the flow of images that tyrannically occupy our field of vision … To see a face is not to see a phenomenon, but to hear a call addressing me. It is in this difficult, paradoxical and eminently singular optics that ethics upholds itself. Ethics becomes an optics when the vulnerability of the face is perceived as a call for a conversion of the gaze.’ (see here in Review}.
(Catherine Chalier, Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris X – Nanterre)”.
Anyway, the convergence of many different aspects into a visual work is an intriguing affair, in particular the pixel as a crazy visualization of transcendence and absence.


Trancendence 2
Before Transcendence
Absence as Trancendence