Here are a couple of great cutting or chopping boards with a 3D pattern that plays with the eyes. The boards were made by Steve Carey and you can see how he made them over at My Grandfathers Lathe.
This car looks like its sinking into a room full of milk. In fact it's a clever art installation by Ivan Puig
David Wilson wrote to us asking if we had seen his work. We hadn't but now we have, we love it. David is a self-taught artist who, for the past forty years, has endeavoured to depict, on a two dimensional support, an image that transcends the third dimension, all within our three dimensional terrestrial space. You can see more of David's work my clicking the link below. We shall be creating a gallery of David's work before too long so keep your eyes peeled.
Anthropomorphic Alternative Reality. © David G. Wilson, 2014. Shown with permission.
French artist Benedetto Bufalino created an fun installation entitled “La Table de Pique Nique" reaturing an over-sized picnic table when seen from a distance creates the amusing optical illusion of small people on a regular-sized table.
The figures, be they teddy bear, Lego men, origami or wooden are photographed - as are the cups and accessories. The impossible objects were created entirely in the computer using 2D drawing and painting software. The third image depicts an object made with Meccano, a wonderful construction kit that sadly has all but disappeared now. It was a huge success in post World War II England and was an important part of my childhood. The origami figure was folded by me from a design by the Spanish origami artist Miguel Salvatella. These images are based upon the well known “tribar” or “Penrose Triangle”. Via David Macdonald. Visit our gallery here.
As you probably know here at Optical Spy we are not all about illusions, we love our art. Especially when it's unusual or thought provoking. Well, when we came across this piece, by Californian artist Paige Bradley, it blew us away and we thought you might like it too.
From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically 'un-contained'?
I think this optical comes under the categorie 'things that make you look twice'. It was produced from the strange mind of JC Debroize. Check out his work here.
James the late emperor of the Devil is stopped the illusions of a magician - Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565
Have you seen our Tom French gallery yet? If not you're missing a treat. Click on the picture below to see it.
Today we post a beautiful picture suggested to us by Alan Mason an artist and writer from Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, England. It is Rene Magritte's famous painting 'Le Blanc-Seing' (literal translation: "The Blank Signature") which roughly translates as "free hand" or "free rein". Alan also tells us Magritte was recorded as saying that the purpose of art was to puzzle and mystify people, which resonates well with us here at Optical Spy.
Initially, the painting appears to be an ordinary painting of a woman on horse back riding through a forest. But when you look closer at the painting you realize that something is amiss. The woman and horse are impossibly interlaced within the forest.
Normally closer objects visually cover up those positioned behind them. Not in this painting, the woman on the horse should be hidden by the tree in front of her yet we see her image in front of the tree.
As with many famous and unusual artworks this has been borrowed and adjusted by other artists. It was famously used for the cover of a 'The Grand Illusion' the seventh studio album by Styx ,a popular American rock band from Chicago Illinois in the mid 1970s and early 1980s
A stunning portrait of Charles Darwin by David Revoy that pays homage to Darwin's contributions to evolutionary theory, created using different animal and plant species.
We have added this great new picture to our Erik Johansson gallery, why not take a look at the rest of Erik's great work.
Here at Optical Spy we love innovative art. This piece, by Gary, Aaron & Khairul brings together an idea about the fragility of life in a subtle and gorgeous way. If you would like a copy, it’s on sale here at Degree
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