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This chip carved plate is a 12” diameter basswood and it is a completely flat surface.  The ball you see there is just an illusion. To understand the title and learn more about this work, you need to know a little bit about Victor Vasarely.


Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997) was a Hungarian born and educated artist emigrated to France in 1930.  He is considered the father of op-art and his creation the “Zebra” is considered the earliest example of it. (See insert below).


In France he developed his style of geometric abstract art. His official web-site states: “During the 1960’s and 70’s his optical images became part of the popular culture, having a deep impact on architecture, computer science, fashion, and the way we now look at things in general.  Even though he achieved great fame he insisted on making his art accessible to everyone. His motto was “Art for all”. The breakthrough brought by his “kinetic” visual experiments transformed the flat surface into a world of unending possibilities, book marking an era in the history of art  and foreshadowing a new global reality shaped by programming and the Internet. “

Now you can see the connection between his and my interest.

Vasarely worked mostly on canvas, he was a painter. I work mostly with wood. And accepting the fact that I can’t come even close to his “Ars Poetica”  my goal is as simple as to create an illusion, to get the eyes see what is not there.

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