METAMORPHOPSIA – abstract deformation

Abstract deformation by Vidal Toreyo

The METAMORPHOPSIA set of artworks belongs to abstract deformation. What does metamorphosis mean? Why did Vidal Toreyo call his series of works that way? Metamorphopsia is a general term for a variety of visual perception disorders. They can be as a result of disorders of the central nervous system. A system involved in the transmission, modality and analysis of visual stimuli. Perceived objects can be viewed as altered.

Vidal Toreyo’s paintings go beyond mere deformation. This is abstract deformation. Artist invites the viewer to play. Viewing his paintings is a game. Painting of image is real, but its associations are based on presumptions or conjectures. The viewer’s brain looks for associations, evaluates the drawing, colors and tones. Unique mental picture changes and adapts to the picture, associations and memories. And each viewer deforms what he sees in front of him into his own image, creating his own metamorphopsis in his mind.

Characteristic of a metamorphopsia

What metamorphopsis does Vidal refer to? What abstract deformation does it use? First, the perceived objects are somewhere else than they are. Secondly, the perceived world can be brighter, more expressive. Third, the distances between objects may change. Fourth, the objects themselves may be deformed.

Characteristic of a metamorphopsia is that the object is still recognizable, although it appears to have different properties from the real thing. The artist creates optical puzzles. He sets a task in front of the viewer. It requires him to find, imagine the subject himself. Therefore, the name of this series does not suggest what inspired the creator. The viewer has complete freedom to interpret the effects of the painter’s work. Every association is good. Vidal Toreyo wants his paintings to develop viewers' imaginations.

Vidal’s series of artworks is a complex process. Paradoxical because it is characterized and consists of many elements that seem contradictory. It combines tradition with modernity. On the one hand, Toreyo plays with the beauty and attractiveness of forms. On the other, he provokes in a sophisticated way. The drawing is precise but also full of spontaneity. Emotional undertones, clearly defined theme, simplicity of composition – they allude to but are not a clear message.