Posted By Olly / 24th August 2013
Sara Moorhouse produces beautiful Op Art ceramic pieces out of her studio in Cardiff, Wales. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal College at CAL and at the Saatchi Gallery at Collect amongst other places.
When doing her masters (in Cardiff at the UWIC School of Art and Design) in 2003, she started to explore colour and spacial perception in ceramics: “The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distil specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. The forms can be made to seem wider or narrower, deeper or shallower, heavier or lighter, or they may appear to undulate, bend, move or hover by the juxtaposition of finer lines. The viewing of both inner and outer surfaces together enables me to exploit colour connections and visual play from one side to another, emphasising or flattening the dimensionality of the form.”
Her latest series of work is called ‘Pulse’ of which she says:
“Through my work I explore the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather and time. The conical forms act as canvases for paintings in which colours from landscape are distilled into bands, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. Although landscape remains the original source, through my new works I have begun to explore the apparent movement and colour illusion achievable through the particular arrangements of colour and line.
In my latest series ‘Pulse 1′, contrasting tones and varied band widths encourage the form to vibrate, pulsate and ‘breathe’. Lines either concur with the perspective of the form or do not. Inside and outside spaces contradict each other making the form increasingly uncertain as straight walls appear to curve one way and then another. Bold injections of colour at the top and base of the forms further animate them as the intense colour sings against the more monochrome linear arrangements. Furthermore, the colour adds to the uncertainty of the form as the external bright colour suggests an illusory foot and the upper bright band appears to tilt backwards, seeming to widen the form. These forms then stir and are alive and in that sense only appear in a temporary state.
In ‘Pulse 2’ equidistant lines on one surface contradict expanding lines on the other surface making the shape of the form, from inside to outside, appear uncertain. In the pair of forms ‘The Same Red’ the red bands in each are indeed the same but appear completely different due to the change in the neighbouring blues.”
Sara’s work was recently featured in (September’s issue of) Homes and Antiques magazine. You can find out more about Sara including where to buy her work at her website SaraMoorhouse.com.
Posted By Olly / 28th June 2013
Bridget Riley’s ‘Stretch’ (1964 - acrylic emulsion on panel - 88.9 by 88.9cm) was sold on Wednesday (26th June) for £1.6m at auction by Sotheby’s in London. Estimated hammer price was £1,000,000 to £1,500,000. The painting came from the estate of Dr. Simona Riklis Ackerman.
- Stretch – Bridget Riley – 1964
Posted By Olly / 28th June 2013
Sonia Enache is a 26 year old fashion student at the University of Arts in Bucharest who has produced the amazing Op Art inspired designs you see below.
Her graduation show is on tonight (Friday 28th June 2013) at 9pm @ 28 Calea Griviței, Bucharest (Romania) so if you are in Bucharest and want to see some inspired Op Art fashion designs then head on over there. The collection has been coordinated by Razvan Vasilescu. Entrance to the show is free.
The collection is called GraphX and makes use of digital printing direct onto the fabric – a process that has revolutionized fabric design in general. In addition to the clothing designs, Sonia created all the Op Art patterns herself in Adobe Illustrator.
“I discovered my interest in op art this year, when one of my teachers encouraged me to go in this direction with my designs. So I began thinking practically about how optical illusions would look on textiles – in a way that retained the optical illusion aspect. I had always been attracted to this type of art – one of my favourite artists being Maurits Cornelis Escher. I also love Bridget Riley’s works, Vasareli’s and recently I found Helen Owen‘s works which I think are very original and beautiful.”
“The first illusion print I designed was based on putting black and white rectangles together in different sizes and then distorting them with a twist effect. People who saw the print on fabric uncut became dizzy very quickly. My tailor turned the fabric on the other side when she cut it because she was getting dizzy, too”
If you would like to contact Sonia about her designs then you can do so on firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos by animat.
Thanks Sonia for getting involved and good luck with the show!
Unsurprisingly the show was a big success. Here’s a photo from the catwalk:
Posted By Olly / 17th May 2013
I think ‘smart’ watches are clearly going to be the ‘next big thing’ with rumours of Apple bringing one out, Microsoft bringing one out (see bottom of post for the standard Microsoft gag) and so on.
One that is already out is the pebble watch developed by Pebble Technology and funded via Kickstarter. The reception has been a bit lukewarm but improvements and additional functionality are beginning to emerge. Recently Pebble community enthusiasts have released hundreds of new watch faces that you can download and install via GitHub and elsewhere. There were 2 that really caught our attention because of the Op Art styling. If you’ve got a Pebble, I strongly suggest downloading ‘Illusion‘ and ‘Squared‘.
Op Art Illusion Pebble watch face
Op Art Squared pebble watch face
Or if you want to wait for something with a more familiar feel to it, you can always wait until Microsoft bring out their smart watch…
Posted By Olly / 28th April 2013
Mexican artist Ramiro Chávez Tovar has created two new fantastic Op Art pieces that, like his previous works, play with your visual system and are as a result extremely difficult to look at for any length of time. Both pieces are exceptional in their ability to create the illusion of movement.
The first of these is a tribute to the great Op Artist Victor Vasarely – ‘Ironic Homage 2 Vasarely’. If you’re not familiar with what Vasarely looked like, that’s his face buried deep in the artwork. If you can’t see it, try crossing and uncrossing your eyes and varying the distance between you and the screen.
Ironic Homage 2 Vasarely
Ramiro Chávez Tovar
Nested Spaces ii
Ramiro Chávez Tovar
Thanks as always to Ramiro for sending these in. If you want to see more of Ramiro’s work have a look at his deviant art gallery.