BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE VISIBILITY
Filip Francis has carved a longtime niche for himself as a painter, although he was part of the Antwerp artistic community centred around performance art (his roots are also to be found in dada and Fluxus). His work at the time were performances centred around concepts of time, space and coincidence ‘for the development of consciousness’ (F.F.). The art of Filip Francis results from deep scientific knowledge: peripheral vision occupies more than 90% of the surface of the retina and is responsible for the perception of our surroundings. In paintings these questions of visual perception have longtime been neglected: one has to remember that, from the Quattrocento, the (western) visual world was limited by a central perspective which was only put in doubt from the last century onwards. Exceeding the main visual field of his spectators forms the main artistic preoccupation of Filip Francis. His paintings may be abstract or figurative, originating from copies of modern masters or executed according to a specific program, but he always continues painting beyond the edge of his field of vision, where we can only deduce a side consciousness of what is actually there, a place where form is undone because it is not controlled by a centred perception.