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Todd Carpenter on art, neuroscience and seeing the light

Todd Carpenter on art, neuroscience and seeing the light

Like many painters, Todd Carpenter is drawn to light. His densely wooded forests, polluted factories and apocalyptic-looking cityscapes — all rendered in muted gray tones or stark black and white — depict slices of sunlight between crowded tree trunks, glimmering tufts of smoke rising from industrial chimneys, luminescent cloud formations or swaths of early-morning haze skimming a lake’s surface. As a trained neuroscientist, however, Carpenter sees light as more than just a subject; it’s an experiment, too. Each painting currently on view at KP Projects/MKG is a different approach to light, says Carpenter, who used to teach neuroscience at San...

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