DESCRIBE THE PHENOMENON
REMAIN CALM AND OBJECTIVE.
I am presenting a series of black and white paintings and texture works based on the reporting process as described in Air Force Form 117 - The Sighting of Unidentified Phenomenon Questionnaire. Two consultants to the United States Air Force — an astronomer and a psychologist — prepared this questionnaire.
DRAW A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU SEE AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE.
Each painting starts as a collage of xeroxed astronomy textbook diagrams and UFO illustrations, which are then projected and painted in UV-sensitive acrylics. I have avoided unnecessary expression in the enlargement process to remain faithful to the scientific pragmatism of the hand-drawn diagrams and illustrations which I have appropriated from. The titles for these paintings are taken directly from the instructions listed in the questionnaire. These names clarify for the viewer that the work is intended to be seen as reported visual fact.
INDICATE WHETHER IT REFLECTED LIGHT, OR WAS SELF LUMINOUS.
I have painted the phenomenon in UV white that, when illuminated with black light, will simulate conditions of phosphorescence.
IF THERE IS ANY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE LEFT, CONTAINERIZE IT TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY.
To lend further credibility to the unexplained phenomenon reported, the paintings are accompanied by a series of texture works: the physical evidence of the reported phenomenon.
AT THIS TIME THERE APPEARS TO BE INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE AVAILABLE TO EITHER CONFIRM OR REFUTE THE HYPOTHESIS. WE MUST REALIZE HOWEVER, THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH THE DISCOVERY OF NEW EVIDENCE.
Ben Furgal is an artist, curator, and musician. He is co-director of Magic Pictures and performs seasonally in the band Evil Sword. He lives and works in Philadelphia. A signed edition of 50 blacklight posters designed by the artist will be for sale at the opening reception.
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