Soto’s lesson is that truth depends on perspective. What from here seems to be one thing might from there appear to be something else. To know the absolute truth of a given state of affairs would be God-like. But it is possible to see something from multiple directions. You can walk around it, and further certify its reality by touching and grabbing — if it’s the sort of thing that can be touched and grabbed. However uncertain one or another perspective may be, a lot of them tend to add up in memory to convincing pictures of reality. Yet even so, another observer’s points of view might add up differently.

The Mechanics Behind Perspective by Ken Johnson

Exhibition: Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950-1970 

New York University’s Grey Art Gallery 

(Source: The New York Times)