105 posts tagged Optical illusion
105 posts tagged Optical illusion
Dutch street painter Leon Keer (previously featured here) recently spent three days in the city of Nijmegen in the eastern Netherlands creating a new piece of awesome anamorphic art for an international drawing festival called The Big Draw. Although it doesn’t seem like it when viewing it from the front, this painting measures about 15 meters (~50 ft) long.
It depicts a little girl sitting in an empty trunk playing make-believe with her dog friend. The illusion is so convincing that, the first time we looked at the top photo, we didn’t realize the second girl perched on the inside of the lid of the trunk is a live person posing with the artwork and not part of the actual painting.
[via Leon Keer]
Awesome Anamorphic Artwork isn’t restricted to walls, floors and sketchbooks. There’s a whole amazing subset that, instead of having the viewer stand in just the right spot, requires looking at flat image or sculpture reflected in a cylindrical mirror in order to see it properly.
Last month the folks at Bored Panda assembled a fascinating collection of 23 examples of this mind-bending art form. Here you see pieces by István Orosz, Jonty Hurwitz, Vera Bugatti and Awtar Singh Virdi respectively.
[via Bored Panda]
Letters are full of awesome potential. Combine enough of them and you’ve got a declaration of love, a sidesplitting joke, a life-saving message in a bottle, a precious secret, a poem, a novel or a Broadway play. Swiss visual artist and graphic designer Cyril Voilloz manipulates letters in a much different fashion. He treats them as visual playthings that can be poked to squirt ink, peeled from their paper, pulled and twisted from a sketchbook onto a computer screen or opened to reveal their internal components. It’s typography that teases 2D letters into 3D objects and we love it.
[via Visual News]
The folks at Bored Panda assembled an exceptional collection of 33 examples of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork, including work by Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush (previously featured here), Italian artist Alessandro Diddi (previously featured here), Chilean artist Wladimir Inostroza aka Fredo, Syrian artist Muhammad Ejleh, and Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki.
[via Bored Panda]
If you aren’t already familiar with Liu Bolin's awesome artwork, you should know that there are no post-production tricks used to create these images. The artist is able to seamlessly blend into all sorts of urban environments and busy background scenes thanks to a team of skilled assistants who painstakingly reference photos of the space in which Bolin is standing as they paint him from head-to-toe so that he seems to disappear completely, no matter what that background might be.
Bolin has an exhibition of new work, entitled Liu Bolin: A Colorful World, opening at the Klein Sun Gallery in New York on September 11th and running through november 1, 2014.
Visit designboom for additional images.
Louisville, Kentucky-based artist Tom Pfannerstill creates amazing works of art that look like trash, and not just any trash, but actual pieces of litter that he actually found and picked up. For an ongoing series entitled From the Street, Pfannerstill uses the trompe l’oeil technique to paint flat pieces of wood so that they become uncanny likenesses of discarded objects and disposable containers, everything from a smashed boxes of Animal Crackers and Cracker Jack to a beat-up old baseball cap.
"…he starts off by choosing a real piece of trash and traces the outline of the object onto a flat piece of wood. Once his wooden canvas is ready, he fills it in with acrylic paints, in painstaking detail. The two-dimensional painting soon comes to life, looking exactly like a piece of trash it was modeled after."
So why paint depictions of trash? We’re glad you asked. Pfannerstill views each object he finds as something mass-produced that’s become utterly unique as it has been altered by time and exposure to the elements. No two pieces of litter are the same.
“The sparkling clean surfaces are smudged and marked by everyday dirt, grit and grime. No two objects have exactly the same journey.”
Pfannerstill also regards these piece of urban detritus as future artifacts:
“As time inevitably marches on and everything, trash included continues to change, my little pieces ‘from the street’ will become increasingly ‘of a time’. As the popularity of products ebb and flow and certain products disappear altogether as wants, needs and lifestyles change, the will become increasingly esoteric.”
[via Oddity Central]
Spanish street artist Pejac (previously featured here), skilled at making use of the urban landscape, recently paid a visit to Paris where he cleverly transformed a long crack in a wall into a wavy, dreamlike door, ever so slightly ajar. We can’t guarantee that it’s a gateway to Narnia, but - if you can get it open - we suspect this door leads somewhere awesome.
Do any of these photos make you hungry? If so, we really hope you brought your own lunch, because nothing that you see here is actually food. These images are part of a still life photo series by Melbourne-based artist and photography student TQ Lee. Entitled Inedible, each photo depicts a tasty meal or enticing treat made of indigestible ingredients such as LEGO bricks, telephone cord, papier-mâché, makeup pads and hot shaving cream. After happily not feasting on any of it, you can refuse to wash it all down with glasses of Betadine, turpentine or waxed rolled socks.
Here Lee describes his series:
"As a child of the 80s I grew up with fond memories of still-life, photographic prints of breads, pastas, fruit and vegetables captured in the literal style of the era. The pictures hung in the houses of my family and friends and I would spend hours identifying all the ingredients and looking at every detail.
Nowadays, the humble still life has grown out of favour. Instead, colourful, reprinted advertisements of vintage European beverages add smiles to kitchen walls across Australia. And so, I challenged myself to put a contemporary twist on the food art trend of the 80s. This resulted in my series Inedible - photos of food made from unconventional ingredients.”
[via Laughing Squid]
Let’s take a moment to appreciate some awesome new lifelike painted resin depictions of aquatic animals by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). The longer we look at them, the harder it is to believe that these aren’t simply photos of live fish swimming in water. In reality they’re the result of the gradual layering of painstakingly applied acrylic paint on clear resin, part painting and part sculpture. The only things here that aren’t rendered in paint are the repurposed containers.
Head over to Keng Lye’s Facebook page to check out even more of his recent creations.
It’s been over a year since we last caught up with the work of Milan-based artist Guido Daniele (previously featured here), who comes airbrushed body painting and photography to transform his models’ hands and arms into beautiful and impressively lifelike animals of all sorts. Daniele calls them Handimals and they can be so convincing that it sometimes takes a moment to find the human hands inside the animal.
Visit Guido Daniele’s website to check out many more of his marvelous Handimals.