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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Vancouver-based artist Fiona Tang creates large-scale murals of animals using charcoal, chalk pastel, and acrylic on paper that at first glance appear 3D. Tang makes use of a technique called trompe l’oeil where shadows and perspective within the two dimensional drawing are used to trick the viewer into thinking the piece is three dimensional. Tang recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and you can see more of her work over on Facebook. (via Juxtapoz, My Modern Met)

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Reverse Perspective Painting Creates Amazing Optical Illusion as You Move around It

Reverse Perspective Painting Creates Amazing Optical Illusion as You Move around It reverse perspective painting optical illusion

First: watch the shaky video, it’s all spoilers here on out.

On first view of this clip by Benjamin Dalsgaard Hughes, I was convinced the skewed perspective of the painting was some kind of digital trick on an HD display, somewhat similar to the dancing shadows we saw a few months ago. But then, the sudden disorienting reveal. What! This particular optical illusion is what’s known as reverse perspective painting, where objects (usually rooms) are painted on a physically skewed surface resulting in images that appear in reverse when viewed head on.

The painting above is by Brian Williams and is currently on view as part of a show on 3D art that just opened at The Gallery Ice in Windsor. Perhaps the most well-known artist working with forced perspective is Patrick Hughes. Here he is discussing his own work at Flowers Gallery a few years ago. Love the bit at the end where the entire crowd is squatting up and down to view the painting.

(via Sploid)

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OK Go’s New Music Video for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’ Loaded with Four Minutes of Live Optical Illusions

OK Gos New Music Video for The Writings on the Wall Loaded with Four Minutes of Live Optical Illusions  optical illusion music video

OK Gos New Music Video for The Writings on the Wall Loaded with Four Minutes of Live Optical Illusions  optical illusion music video

OK Gos New Music Video for The Writings on the Wall Loaded with Four Minutes of Live Optical Illusions  optical illusion music video

OK Gos New Music Video for The Writings on the Wall Loaded with Four Minutes of Live Optical Illusions  optical illusion music video

After a two year hiatus from creating their visually brilliant music videos, alternative rock band OK Go are finally back with their latest mind-blowing clip for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall,’ a single from their forthcoming album Hungry Ghosts. The video is 4-minute barrage of optical illusion techniques performed live in-camera (primarily anamorphic projection) that borrow ideas from artists like Bernard Pras, Felice Varini, Bela Borsodi and maybe even a nod to Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album cover. All of the scenes are performed one after another in a single take, but probably took untold months of preparation. Love the last shot that reveals the crew.

Update: A bit more about how they did it over on Rolling Stone.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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