Synopses & Reviews
A beautifully illustrated, imaginatively designed book is packaged here with several unusual "eye magic" items. This fascinating set explores the subject of visual illusions in art and technology. The book shows and discusses many examples of trompe l'oeil
(fool-the-eye) artworks, including a famous eighteenth-century painting by British artist William Hogarth, paintings by French pointillist artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, and examples from the American Op Art movement that flourished in the 1960s. Also presented are examples of moir© patternsoptical effects produced when two sets of lines or grids overlap. Much of the psychedelic poster art of a few decades ago took advantage of the effects of moir© patterns and wildly contrasting color schemes. But Eye Magic
is more than an ordinary art book. One of its extra-thick covers is really a specially designed drawer containing several "eye magic" items. They include
A flip book showing horses that appear to leap when the pages are riffledA zoetrope drum that comes with three zoetrope picture stripsA mylar sheet to produce a 3D illusion in anamorphic illustrations Two moir©-pattern acetate sheets printed with black grids
For the uninitiated, the zoetropeoriginally devised in the nineteenth centuryis a forerunner of motion pictures. It consists of a revolving cylinder with a series of illustrations on its inside surface and evenly spaced viewing slots around its circumference. When viewers spin the cylinder and peer through the slots, they see a picture of a single objectnow in motion. This book with its boxed "eye magic" items will appeal both to art lovers and to general readers who are fascinated by optical illusions. Eye Magic makes a fascinating and unusual addition to anyone's personal art book collection, as well as a truly imaginative gift item.
"This is a wonderful book with many attachments that enable actual involvement in optical illusions… This book can be used with younger students to encourage the pure delights in seeing. It can also be used with older students to encourage their investigations into Pointillists or Op Art, animation or even the art created by the ancient Greeks. The book may also serve as motivation for students creating their own works that utilize techniques of visual 'trickery'."
--Jerome J. Hausman, Arts and Activities, May 2009
A beautifully illustrated, imaginatively designed book is packaged here with several unusual "eye magic" items. This fascinating set explores the subject of visual illusions in art and technology. Consumable.
Here is a book that tricks the eye, pops up, flips over, animates, and mesmerizes. Inside are masterpieces, groundbreaking art, and paper ephemera drawn from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Since the earliest of times, artists have delighted in creating works that make people wonder if they can believe their eyes. Whether it’s a room whose cupboards appear to be stocked with treasures, a painting that a fly seems to have landed on, or an image that changes when viewed from a new angle, this book will leave you marveling at ingenious artistic trickery.
Turn two-dimensional images into 3-D with a pop-up stereoscope Make still images come to life with a pop-up zoetrope Animate a fire by moving a moir© screen across a nineteenth-century print Explore eye teasers from sixteenth-century Islamic art Examine how perspective is used and misused from Tiepolo to Hogarth Understand how Georges Seurat used dots to create some of the most famous eye magic of all time Watch straight lines wiggle before your eyes in twentieth-century Op Art
AND MUCH, MUCH MORE
A pullout tray nestled inside the back cover includes a moir© screen, a zoetrope drum, a Mylar mirror, six zoetrope strips, and a flip-book.