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Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

Artist Paints Common Foods to Disguise them as Other Foods vegetables painting optical illusion fruit food

In this fun series of painted objects titled “It’s not what it seems” by artist Hikaru Cho, common foods are transformed with deftly applied acrylic paints to look like other foods. A banana is turned into a near photo-realistic cucumber, a tomato becomes a tangerine, and even an egg is made into a glistening eggplant. These are actually some of Cho’s “tamer” artworks, as she’s used these same skills with a paintbrush to alter human faces and body parts by adding extra eyes, zippers and mouths. (via Visual News)

A Kinetic Sculpture Creates the Illusion of a Rotating Head

A Kinetic Sculpture Creates the Illusion of a Rotating Head perception optical illusion kinetic sculpture

I’m digging this kinetic sculpture by Swiss artist Markus Raetz (previously) that creates the illusion of a rotating head using a series of silhouettes cut from metal panels. Most of Raetz’s work involves aspects of perception and illusion, more of which you can see here. (via Sploid)

Falling Upwards: A Vertigo-Inducing View at King Aragon’s Stairs in France

Falling Upwards: A Vertigo Inducing View at King Aragons Stairs in France optical illusion France

Photographer Allard Schager shot this perplexing photo while looking up the Stairway of the King of Aragon, a stairwell carved into a steep cliff face in Bonifacio, Corsica, France. I’ve looked at it carefully half a dozen times and still get confused as to which way is up or down. Totally wild.

Hovering Tree Illusion by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu in Potsdam, Germany

Hovering Tree Illusion by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu in Potsdam, Germany trees street art optical illusion

I’m really enjoying this rural intervention (?) created earlier this week by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu in Potsdam, Germany. The duo wrapped a tree in plastic sheeting and then mimicked the background landscape using detailed spray paint strokes to create the illusion of a tree cut in half. It reminds me of this mirror installation by Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll. (via Street Art Utopia)

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

The Impossible Geometry of Fanette Guilloud optical illusion geometric anamorphism

This series of photos titled Géométrie de l’impossible (Impossible Geometry) from 21-year-old photographer Fanette Guilloud was created earlier this year in locations around Toulouse, Bordeaux and in the French Alps near Lyon. Guilloud employed a method of anamorphic projection similar to the work of Felice Varini to create the illusion of a painting superimposed on an image, when in fact there is no digital trickery whatsoever. The image is actually painted on numerous surfaces at varying depths and only appears like what you see here from a particular vantage point. (via Metafilter)

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery zoetropes optical illusion kinetic sculpture exhibition

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery zoetropes optical illusion kinetic sculpture exhibition

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery zoetropes optical illusion kinetic sculpture exhibition

Nothing is as it Seems: The Art of Illusion at Science Gallery zoetropes optical illusion kinetic sculpture exhibition

Some of most amazing contemporary artists working in the realm of optical illusion have been brought together for a fantastic show called Illusion at Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. Curated by psychologist and author Richard Wiseman and researched by magician and escapologist (!) Paul Gleeson, the exhibition explores the myriad ways the mind is tricked through sensory deception. The show includes works from Roseline de Thelin, Gregory Barsamian, Matt Kenyon, Jonty Hurwitz (previously), and many more. Illusion runs through September 29, 2013.

Manifest Station: A Transparent Utility Box Painted by Mona Caron

Manifest Station: A Transparent Utility Box Painted by Mona Caron street art painting optical illusion murals

This fun piece was painted by illustrator and muralist Mona Caron on Duboce Avenue at Church Street in San Francisco. Titled Manifest Station, the small mural was painted on a standard utility box and has to be viewed from a specific spot so that the horizon lines of the artwork match those of the actual intersection. As an added bonus, a mural in the background which was repainted in part on the utility box is actually an older piece by the same artist. Caron is currently working on a surprisngly great series of weeds and just painted a giant wildflower in Union City. (via CJWHO)

Leandro Erlich’s Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Leandro Erlichs Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London optical illusion mirrors installation

Want to pretend you’re Spiderman but can’t afford the suit and the genetic mutation? Argentine artist Leandro Erlich was commissioned by the Barbican in London to install a version of his wildly popular optical illusion that creates the visual effect of instant weightlessness. Using a wall of giant mirrors propped against a huge horizontal print of a Victorian terraced house, visitors are free to climb and jump around as their reflections appear to move freely without the pesky effects of gravity. Titled Dalston House the piece was erected in Hackney just off Dalston Junction on a disused lot that has remained vacant since it was bombed during the Second World War.

The installation opens today and is free to all visitors and will remain up through August 4th. Erlich will also be giving a talk tomorrow starting at 7:30pm. All images courtesy the Barbican. (via visual news)

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