David Vosburg

Suspended Disbelief

'Suspended Disbelief', 2021, acrylic and steel, 8' x 8' x 8'
Disbelief is a kind of certainty about what is and what is not. That works against empathy and blinds us to the world beyond our own perspective. Suspended disbelief is a term from narrative art—theater, film, fiction—that refers to an audience person’s ability to let go of their certainty, empathically enter a world they do not yet know, and be moved by it. This piece, ‘Suspended Disbelief,’ plays with this possibility in ambiguity by creating a dynamic, ever-changing variety of scale, color, transparency and composition based on the viewer’s orientation, giving each visitor the opportunity to participate from myriad perspectives.