optical art


The Amazing Sculpture and Art  of   Jen Stark

Jen Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibres with a minor in animation. Her artwork mimics intricate patterns and colours found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity. Although Stark is most recognized for her paper sculptures, she has explored a variety of media including wood, metal, paint, plexi and animation.

Stark has exhibited globally with major shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand and Canada. Her work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami among others.  Her Facebook

Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.

Bridget Riley, Fall, 1963, Tate

‘I try to organise a field of visual energy which accumulates until it reaches maximum tension’, Riley said of this work. From 1961 to 1964 she worked with the contrast of black and white, occasionally introducing tonal scales of grey. In Fall, a single perpendicular curve is repeated to create a field of varying optical frequencies. Though in the upper part a gentle relaxed swing prevails, the curve is rapidly compressed towards the bottom of the painting. The composition verges on the edge of disintegration without the structure ever breaking.



From 180 Canvases’ Behance page:

“180 Canvases is a site specific installation designed to fill the space of Arrow Factory gallery in JianChang Hutong, Beijing. Arrow Factory is a 15 m² independently run alternative art space founded by artists Rania Ho and Wang Wei, which occupies a former vegetable stand and which is now hosting exhibitions on a monthly base. We played with the original concept of the space, a shop-like show window facing the hutong lane, inserting an element of surprise to catch attention of passing-by viewers. The contrast of a colourful Wunderkammer featuring 180 canvases painted by hand strikes with the grey colour of surrounding walls, bringing some reminder to local tradition of chinese colourful paper cutting and the common habit of people to hang up wires on which they put clothes to dry on the public lanes.”

The installation is part of Instant Hutong’s pursuit of “Theory of Moments,” a research project that investigates undefined, “abandoned or under-used spaces in downtown Beijing.” The end turns flat, colored canvases into a a stunning rainbow lattice:

Enjoy more of 180 Canvases, and check out more work by the artists on the Instant Hutong website.


Impressive 3D Drawings on Flat Sheets Paper

Dutch illustrator Ramon Bruin is known for his composition of highly impressive optical illusion drawings, which are created on flat sheets of paper. By crafting a three-dimensional image on the flattest platform on Earth, Bruin gives each drawing life by inserting inanimate objects into his compositions to add humor and depth. To masterfully compose a piece, Bruin works with pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and oils for his desired effect. The use of multiple pieces of paper give each image a mesmerizing and surreal quality.


HEYNIEK Mannequins handmade for Modebelofte

My name is Niek Pulles, graduated in 2009 at Design Academy Eindhoven / Man and Identity.

Blurring boundaries between product design and fashion while investigating the interacts between body and material is the core of my work.

Childhood inspiration, archetypes, primitive forms with a hands on technique describes my creative signature. If you would have to give it a name I would prefer researcher and visual designer always with an unorthodox approach towards new processes.


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