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This Video is NOT in Reverse

Wednesday 01.21.2015 , Posted by
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Eran Amir has a talent for creating videos which are not what they seem. When we last covered his work, he’d created a fascinating video which seemed to be in black and white – only it was soon revealed to be in vibrant color. Now he’s created a video which was filmed in forward motion, but seems to be going backwards. Some of the tricks are easy to figure out, but we’re still stumped on how he managed to eat a sandwich in reverse. Can you figure it out? [Read more…]

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What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

Tuesday 01.20.2015 , Posted by
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Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from another an entirely different scene emerges. His witty and inspired creations are filled with masterful illusions that keep you guessing at what is real. [Read more…]

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2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page. [Read more…]

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Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Friday 10.17.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold. [Read more…]

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A Mouthful of Makeup: Artist Laura Jenkinson Draws Cartoons on Her Face

Tuesday 08.19.2014 , Posted by
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London-based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson has a hobby that will make you smile… really big. Using her face as a canvas, she’s been drawing cartoon characters around her mouth, and loaning them her teeth and lips… which look hilariously massive in comparison. You’ve never seen Nemo or Eric Cartman like this before. [Read more…]

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Florescent Geometric Illusions Skewering People in Brooklyn

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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The last time we featured the work of artist Aakash Nihalani, he was using florescent tape to create impossible geometric illusions all over the urban landscape. Now he’s using that same tape to skewer the hip people of Brooklyn with angular geometric forms. Window-like holes provide easy passage through the chest and stomach of each of his subjects… and honestly, getting stabbed never looked so good. [Read more…]

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Illusions in the Sand: 3D Beach Art from Jamie Harkins

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes all you need to create magic are a few sticks, a bit of talent and a beach. When he’s not making music or painting, New Zealander Jamie Harkins is drawing fantastic 3D illusions in the sand with the help of his friends. Their anamorphic drawings feature M.C. Escher like stairways, skate parks, ocean scenes and more, and are only complete when someone poses on the beach to make the illusion real. [Read more…]

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A Real-Life Illusion: This Mirrored Fence Blends with the Seasons

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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The stereotypical American dream is to own a classic house surrounded by a white picket fence. Well, instead of the wooden fence, how about a mirrored version that blends with the area? This was the alternative vision dreamed up by artist Alyson Sholsz. Commissioned for the Socrates Sculpture Park, it was recently displayed at the Storm King Arts Center in New York. [Read more…]

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Doodles Come To Life on Transparencies

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a gigantic polar bear attacking San Francisco?! Fear not citizens, it’s merely a happy bear looking for a back rub… and using the Transamerica Pyramid for help.

Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) is dreaming up bizarrely fantastic scenarios and bringing them to the real world using just transparencies, white-out, a good old Sharpie and forced perspective. After doodling his work on the clear sheet, he holds it up and photographs it interacting with the scene behind. Each piece is made on the spot, perfectly matching situation – be it a monstrous day on the putting green or an afternoon grabbing tasty sushi (that seems to keep running away). [Read more…]

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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here. [Read more…]

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