Op Art

Part of the 1960s and I did not discuss this in the previous post.

So, what is op art? In my words:

Op art: that type of art that tricks your eyes

The geometrical play introduced in op art tricks your eyes into seeing another object. I give you some examples to understand it better, as I feel that I am terrible with words. And besides, this topic is much more interesting graphically.

Move your eyes randomly and you’ll see the rings rotating. But they are not. It’s an optical illusion.

“Arrest, 3” by Bridget Riley (1965)

Do they look 3D to you? Do they look like a flowing cloth to you?

The movement was derived from Bauhaus, applying the geometrical logic used in Bauhaus’ designs into creating an artwork which will trick your eyes into seeing what you think you are seeing but you are not actually seeing. Ok, that was a bit confusing, but I guess you’d get what I’m saying.

Nowadays, in our modern society, op art has been interpreted broadly, not only in form of paintings, but rather in other types of art works which will trick your eyes. The modern optical illusion artworks do not always feature the geometrical logic used in the 1960s’ op art, but what I will present to you now will be the application of geometrical forms into transforming a regular series of forms into an optical illusion.

Geometric Tape Installations by Aakash Nihalani in art  Category

Geometric Tape Installations by Aakash Nihalani in art  Category

Geometric tape installations by Aakash Nihalani.

 No matter how you see it, it looks like the neon-colored lines were added using Photoshop. But they weren’t. The other photos featured a much more surreal version of the tapes, which is why I have attached here the more believable photos. These photos are part of an art installation by Aakash Nihalani. But instead of putting it into the installations section, I’ve put it in the op art category.


Like I have explained before, op art is a form of tricking the eyes by using geometrical forms. This work by Aakash Nihalani uses geometrical forms in isometric view, only that they are displayed in public as though they were installations (well, technically they were). Aakash Nihalani’s work introduces a modern form of op art. Still using the primary concept used in the 1960s, but in a more intricate and sophisticated, and happy, way.


Black line chair by Masayuki Hayashi.

Spoiler: it is a three-dimensional chair formed by metallic black lines. It is a chair. It is a furniture. But look at it from one side, it looks like a graphical poster, with random lines. Look at it from the other side, dum dum dum, it changes. That, I believe, is one way to trick the eyes. It’s a chair, although these photos make it seem as though they weren’t chairs.

I would love to own one of this. Sigh.

The Hidden Chair by Ibride.

I can say nothing. You’ll blow your mind out by watching this video.

And so, I end this post. Toodles!


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