Re-discovering the OP-ART tools did feel like finding a secret treasure. My early creations are dominated by experimenting what is possible with this technique. Relatively dense patterns and bending areas of increased complexity did express my urge of continuing Vasarely’s work and even develop it further.
In retrospective, that was naive. Unicoloured fields and simple colour-rows, like light blue lading to dark blue, leading to a pure cyan do miss the glimmer, required to “play in this league”. But stretching the grid in the centre, then compressing it back half way to the boundary and back to stretching it at the boundaries still does remind me of the waves occurring, when a drop of water hits a plain water surface. That’s what was the idea behind my first picture.
Next thing I tried was drawing patterns in a bended grid (hiding the grid itself). Plus, I left the squared format and chose a 16:9 format instead – providing a perfect background image. Of course, this requires an elliptical bending area. The result is that army of alien spaceship flying in a formation around the invisible mother-ship.
Have you noticed the two hidden illusions in this picture?
- As the colour-row of the Spaceships is changing from dark-to light (grey) but the Background is changing from light to dark, somewhere (half way to the border) Spaceships and Background do have the same brightness. This forms a simultaneous contrast, leading to the Illusion of movement.
- How would you judge the width of the cyan bar? Is it wider in the middle and narrow on the borders? No, it is not! It is constant throughout the complete picture.
By now, you have for sure found out, that my favourite colour is blue. So, with the next pictures I tried something different. How few does it take, to still recognize the effect? The Idea of minimizing was born. A simple row of triangles, not even colourized, but grey scaled and still that incredible feeling of 3-D depth (like looking into a triangular tunnel).
Again, I asked myself: how to top that? Is there anything simpler than a triangle – and I ended up with pure lines.
If you have gone skiing once. And if you imagine slope makes, marking a cross-country skiing junction on a foggy day, again you experience that incredible feeling of 3-D depth
The second educational journey to Pécs opened my eyes, how to do this type of picture:
Most of the “circles” in this picture are actuality ellipses. These ellipses don’t only have a ratio of main axes, thy are also aligned in the correct angle, position and distance. Bringing all that to an order, this creates the Illusion of a Pyramid (top view). The warm yellow tones suggest the imagination of gold – So I called this picture “pyramid of coins”
My wife does love Penguins. So, this was her Christmas present 2018:
Actually, it is a parameterised row of circles, triangles, ellipses and rectangular – almost Vonal character, but surely developed further to something unique.