From the exhibition: "The Framing of Time and Relation," 2015. Vermont College of Fine Arts.
The zoetrope proposes something quite extraordinary—the perception of motion is made possible by the predominance of gaps or interruptions of the sequence of images within. Without the gaps, the illusion of motion does not work. In fact, the larger the gaps, the sharper our perception of the imagery within the zoetrope. In other words— the larger the gaps, the more we see.
The existence of the visible in this case is thus predicated on the necessity of the gaps, or absence of the visible. This serves as a rich metaphor for our own implication in the construction of meaning.