wk2.escher-op.art-optical illusions

Anyone who has studied traditional drawing techniques knows “the rules”. When you learn how to draw you are also schooled in optical illusions. You are made to take note of how objects that are farther away appear smaller, color has more contrast when it is closer to the viewer, you learn vanishing point perspective, etc. Cool colors recede while warmer colors come forward in a picture. By exagerating these basic observations of how the eye sees, an artist can trick the viewer into thinking his or her drawing is accurate even if its not. Escher pretty much rocks at this, as we saw in last weeks lecture, and his drawings support the argument that art and science are of the same mold. When you realize the the eye is the fundamental way in which we experience art, the science behind how we see becomes extremely important. Physics and math helps make sense of distances between things, how forms appear in complex mirrors, etc. while the science of anatomy and biology can teach us how the eye works.


(a really cool and simple animation-type deal that shows how Escher used mirrors to create amazing visuals)

An optical illusion: Which elephant is the biggest?

(…and just cause I thought this was cool)

Suddenly, I’m thinking I should have picked a smaller subject because there’s tons that I didnt even get to about op art (which is really relevent to Escher and optical illusions) so here’s a lovely wikipedia article if your interested in more:

Op-Art Wiki

Op-Artist Felice Varini

…and because I love pictures: (squares a & b are the same shade of gray)


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