Artist Spotlight on Warped Exhibition, Bright Matters

Things are not always as they seem, and in a current exhibition at NYC’s Muriel Guépin Gallery that message is coming across loud and clear (or actually, not so clearly).

Artists are constantly challenging us to question what we think we see as well as how we interpret and internalize those visions.  While many artists achieve that with two dimensional works of art, the artist featured at the Muriel Guépin Gallery’s exhibition, Bright Matters does the same times, 3, 4, 5…

Using media as a medium to challenge our perception artists LAb[au] (BE), Numen / For Use (AT/HR), Joanie Lemercier (FR), Nonotak (FR/JP) and François Wunschel (FR) combine the latest technology with light and space to manipulate their viewer’s mind.

While the “wow” factor may come across as mainly due to the flashing lights and works that move with you (or at least seem to) but the true art is in how they effectively combine the science behind spatial aesthetics and lenticular principles to create illusions of depth and motion.

One artist in particular that caught my eye is François Wunschel, a French born artist who uses wire frames and lenticular prints to create an illusion of movement. Wunschel’s series uses basic geometric objects that seem to be two dimensional, until you move that is. As the viewer’s vantage point changes so does the object in view. For this installment the viewer is a key element in the success of the piece, a work of art that enables its audience to be literally be a part of the process is something that strikes me as a work of pure genius.

Another artist in the group that focuses on lenticular technology is Nonotak, whose work is actually completely still. Similar to Wunschel’s piece, Nonotak’s moves with the viewer. Nonotak’s display confuses its audience’s perception via  a triple layer display using Plexiglas, much like the technology used for classic lenticular photo printing.

The other featured artists are a draw as well. LAb[au]’s  uses texture and color in a timely sequences to alter the viewer’s vision perception. Numen uses lights to create a what feels like a life-size kaleidoscope that is easy to get lost in. Lemercier’s technique at this exhibit is a slight departure from his other installations using rice paper patterns on a rear illuminating monitor which creates a mosaic landscape that makes you feel as if you are viewing an alien world from behind a tinted glass.

This deceptive and warped display is well worth the trip (pun intended)!

* This exhibition will be on view until January 11, 2015.

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