Contemporary Op Art

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Artists in the 1960s drew on recent advances in the science of visual perception to create optical illusions in their art, contributing to a movement called Op Art. Artists today expand on these earlier investigations, employing novel processes to create mesmerizing patterns and colors that attract and intrigue the eye. Tauba Auerbach’s two-dimensional “Mesh/Moire” prints create the effect of an undulating surface with surprising depth, akin to the appearance of rippling water. Op Art artists have frequently operated at the forefront of technology; such technical proficiency can be seen in works like Travess Smalley’s “Vector Weaves, ” a series created by continually passing an image between digital and analog formats to produce a glitchy effect that is at once a photograph, a print, and a painting.

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Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019