Vladimir Kush’s deceptive paintings typically feature ambiguous scenes that present multiple meanings. Kush, born and raised in Russia, graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts after serving in the Russian military. His artwork is available through several Kush Fine Art galleries located in Maui, Hawaii, Laguna Beach, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada (two locations). In his painting presented below, aptly titled Butterfly Apple, a red apple has just been cut in half by the knife resting on the table in the foreground. The cut apple resembles a butterfly creating an optical illusion.
To view more deceptive paintings from Vladimir Kush and learn more about him, visit his official website at www.vladimirkush.com
French artist Bernard Pras created this anamorphic portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté using items found around the installation site. Pras arranged items such as wood, articles of clothing, and more across the floor and a wall of a single room. When viewed from the precise angle where the camera is setup, the full portrait of the actor is revealed.
Close-up photographs, which show the detail of the arranged items, and a video chronicling the installation can be found in the full post. The video is in French, but it is mostly just film footage set to background music. The time-lapse showing the full anamorphic portrait coming together at the end of the video (starting at 4:21) is particularly fascinating.
This figure looks like a warped spiral made up of white and black squares on a gray background. If you examine it more closely, however, you will find that it is actually made up of four concentric circles. This illusion was first described by Baingio Pinna and Richard L Gregory in a 2002 article titled “Shifts of Edges and Deformations of Patterns“.
Octavio Ocampo is one of Mexico’s most prolific artists. He describes his painting style as “metamorphic”, where the individual components that make up the painting come together to form a larger image. In the example below titled ‘Ecstasy of the Lilies’, Ocampo has painted a group of white lily flowers that come together to form the figure of a woman.
More paintings by Octavio Ocampo can be viewed at Visions Fine Arts Gallery by visiting www.visionsfineart.com.
This one minute commercial for the Honda CR-V features a number of different optical illusions. The tag line for the commercial is “An Impossible Made Possible”, and the result is a mind-bending and pretty entertaining advertisement. I typically do not like many commercials, but I must admit that this one was well done. Do you agree?
It starts off with an anamorphic street painting of several people balancing on and jumping between columns. The illusion is revealed when the car drives across the painting showing that the whole scene was painted on a flat surface. The car continues down the road and proceeds to drive right through three concrete posts rising up from the ground. These, too, turn out to be anamorphic renderings of posts drawn on a flat surface to appear 3D when viewed from a certain angle.. Two posts directly to the right of these three, however, are indeed real. The car is then seen parked on top of a table. It looks to be very small and a woman sitting at the table gently blows on the car appearing to make it move. When the car drives toward her to pick her up, the forced perspective camera technique used to create this effect is revealed. Next, a man appears to walk right through a statue to get into his car. As the camera pans down and out, the statue (and the four people standing next to the statue) are revealed to be also be anamorphic drawings on the pavement.
Next, the car drives straight through two arches that appear to be perpendicular to one another. You would think that the driver would have to make a turn to get through the second one, but he is able to just drive in a straight line through both of them. This is reminiscent of the Crazy Nuts Illusion by Jerry Andrus. In the next scene, two gentlemen are seen getting bigger and smaller as they walk to opposite ends of the frame. To do this, the set would have had to have been constructed like an Ames Room. Finally, the car and a man seen next to it appear to be hovering above the pavement. When the car drives off and the man picks up what looked to be his shadow off the ground, the illusion is revealed.