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This seems to indicate that a victim is likely alive and at least somewhat aware of their situation. And, indeed, ripping a headcrab off of a victim shows that a victim's head is bent upwards at an irregular angle, with a terrified look and a violent scream to match frozen onto their face. A Headcrab's attack does little damage with the exception of Poison Headcrabs , and it also takes some time for Headcrabs to take over their hosts, who are initially still in control; however, Headcrabs both attack very swiftly and should they succeed latch onto the head very firmly, so that any attempt by a struggling victim to remove the parasite with their hands is largely futile.

Coupled with disorientation and the imminent loss of consciousness from suffocation, this ensures that most victims nonetheless succumb very quickly, explaining the exceptional effectiveness of the Headcrabs' use by the Combine. It is not known for sure if a victim of a Headcrab attack can still be rescued once a Headcrab has attached itself to their head. Gordon Freeman 's sole attempt to do this at the infested Station 6 apparently failed, killing both the Headcrab and its victim due to the stretching of the Headcrab's tissues, though it is disputable that removal is possible.

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Visit our Cleanup Project for more details. And I just went back to looking at early Matisse, and the way he would use warm and cool light on opposing sides of a subject. Visual experience. Most of the faculty were really disappointed. MM: Yeah. He was kind of an arrogant guy. But you know I learned a lot from him. MH: The few paintings of his I have seen in person are really good. MM: Very talented. Real visual intelligence. One show I remember where he was working with orthographic perspective, he used it to create space but deny space at the same time, amazing sense of dissonance.

MH: How did that happen? MM: Well, down in Greensborough I had much more of an opportunity to immerse myself in painting. For a couple of years up in New Hampshire I had been slogging away with so many hours teaching, and now I had a position that gave me much more time. I just started setting up objects on a table and painting them. At first in my little office, and then in a studio.

I set them up with light coming in from a window on the side, like the Baroque, thinking of Vermeer. MH: Some of those pictures you made there have a real visual weight to them. MM: Yeah, always, that is always important to me.

MM: No. Not really. But light from the window was really important, and then I began looking at the objects right in front of the windows, looking at them against the landscape, with two different kinds of light.


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That was a crazy problem, to do real justice to that perceptual tension of two different kinds of light and space. So, I would mark up the canvas with marks on top.

They were no longer just about the subject but were coming out of my head. It was something that I could experience, it was something that was all tied together visually by my ability to see and construct and shape. That was a big change in my work and eventually led me into abstraction. That was the late 80s. MH: It sounds like, for you, the content of the painting has a lot to with how you experience things visually, how the eye and mind work, both in the world and in the painting.

More so than any kind of subject matter or concept. MM: Well, what I really believe more than anything else is that the language of painting is intrinsically visual. That show confirmed to me that I was on the right track for myself. It was a show where Salon painters were put up alongside the Impressionists.

Unbelievably instructive exhibition. All these Salon people who had painted beautiful beach scenes, seascapes and landscapes next to Cezanne, next to Pissarro…And one group was totally phenomenological — like how am I experiencing this in my head, and the other group was more interested in describing a socio-economic world: Farmers in the field. And then these other people who were just sort of lost in this perceptual reality; and that was the future of painting for the 20th century. They created this fantastically lyrical and poetic world out of the collision between their own phenomenological experience and the real world.

MH: Well, there has been a lot of great writing about how Impressionism does come out of a particular social milieu, and you can never completely divorce it from place and time. And the seeing aspect. With them there is definitely a very broad appeal. People love it.

Sometimes I see this in representational painters too, wearing a certain kind of style like a badge. Or on another level, I see drawing students who just want to be handed a technique or a method to apply to their favorite subject.


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There is so much more. MM: Well yeah.

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I like to talk about the fact that the strength of any kind of drawing all comes out of its connection to the visual language, which is internal, whether abstract or representational. We talked about Cezanne and the striate cortex, but at the same time you have Seurat, who in his drawing reduces everything to value at the exclusion of all else.

It is prior to the striate cortex, which interprets value. There are ways of learning how to tap into these things, through the focused practice of drawing, and contemplating your own visual experience. Great painting can come out of it. So, for instance, if you talk about the transition…well let me explain this.

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When the eye looks at the world in terms of light and dark, ranges of value, if you put a line on a transition from light to dark, and then eventually get rid of all the light and dark, you end up with something like those Mondrians or a Giacometti. It looks at these transitions from light to dark, and it puts a little line in there, whether vertical or horizontal or diagonal, and it can tell us a tremendous amount about space and light and form. And who wants to go back and discover all that stuff? MH: Well, there is still a lot of research going on, in terms of the biology and psychology of visual perception.

Science is still finding out a lot about how we see.

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There is still a lot to explore, and sometimes the artists get there first before the scientists. MM: Right, they stumble into it. And you know, the Salon school was basically a re-iteration of Chiaroscuro and Raphael merged together, line and tone. But they had pushed it to the point where it was like, nauseating. At first it was powerful…and continued to be for almost a century after Caravaggio. It taps into a very basic part of your brain that processes value shapes…. MH: Seurat kind of re-invigorated it by removing all the line, like you were saying.

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