Your Space Or Mine
The text books tell us that Op Art is a mid-twentieth century phenomenon largely consisting of geometric abstract imagery dealing with optical illusion. Humans have, of course, been delighted by scintillating pattern for millennia but in the 1960s and 70s artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridgit Riley made works that created the illusion of movement in space.
Perhaps a style of visual art that produces perceptual ambiguity, illusion and contradictions is particularly fitting to the times we’re living through now. If the ground isn’t literally shifting beneath our feet a half-glimpse at the news, wary trips to the shops or any attempt to plan something concrete in coming weeks, perhaps months, induces a debilitating dizziness at the uncertainty of it all.
The Your Space Or Mine Build Hollywood street displays in Sheffield currently feature works by the award winning local artist Rob Lee. He is more than a dab hand at the skills required of the op artist: anamorphic installations, dazzle graphics, plays on perspective, the production of complex, paradoxical space by manipulating parallel lines and waves and the clever deployment of chromatic tension are his forte.