MEDIA: PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
14 June 2016
In her painting Double-dealing untitled, 2016, Debra Dawes presents rows of black and white stripes. Each row is angled in a different direction to the last creating an overall effect that causes the eye to cross and blur. If stared at for too long, the lines appear to hover off the canvas, making the work almost 3D in appearance.
This sense of disorientation is intensified in the work of Joel Arthur. In Sinker, 2015, coloured lines are painted onto a contrasting background in multiple vertical lines. As the line progresses it begins to ebb and flow: the lines appear to move rhythmically from left to right, as if they were forming a wave of movement.
Colour is explored extensively in the trio of paintings by John Aslanidis: Sonic subfragment no. 31, 2013, Sonic subfragment no. 27, 2013 and Sonic no. 45, 2015. His work utilises circular shapes that conceal and reveal the circle which forms the centre of the work. Hypnotised, the eye debates which shape and colour to focus on, gravitating between the foreground and the background, until ultimately, you are forced to look away.
Through the use of video, Justin Harvey creates beautiful harmonies in colour inCurtin, 2016. Lines of colour move rhythmically, like the strings of a harp, dancing together as the rainbow shifts and melds. As with other works in the exhibition, it is difficult to pull yourself away from the mesmerising, seamless movement.
Op Art is a beautiful hybrid of shapes and colour, designed to engage the senses. This exhibition serves as a reminder that what you see is not always what you get.
Read online: http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/with-op-art-what-you-see-isnt-what-you-get/