Today the Department of Astonishing Optical Illusions is trying not to fall into these awesome spray-painted portals created by German street artist 1010 (pronounced ten-ten). Using concentric layers of vibrant color that darken and disappear into endless black centers, 1010 turns flat surfaces, ranging in size from small framed pieces to the sides of multi-story buildings, into mesmerizing illusions that brighten otherwise boring facades and interior walls and compel the viewer to try stepping into them. Who knows where they might take us.
1010 has been creating his hypnotic pieces all over the world since 2009. Last month he had a solo exhibition, entitled Limbus, at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.
The upbeat art reaching a global audience The art world is known for trying to find meaning in everything. There is one class, however, that operates in stark contrast to this thinking in that it interprets very little. Its only pursuit is a vivid aesthetic and a bright, lush color palette. While the art establishment gives stylistic points for such moods as despair, depression and anguish, it is this so-called “naïve art” that seeks to celebrate the human narrative and is, by and large, optimistic.