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Op Art

January 10, 2019

Op Art (also known as Optical Art) is a form of non-objective, non-representational, abstract art. It is very precise and exact, highly thought out and meticulously executed, there is no element of chance. Op Art is often rooted in mathematics, using geometric forms as building blocks, including lines and frequently based on a grid organization. The movement was most active during the early 1960s to the early 1970s. 

The Op Art geometric shapes and compositions are characterized by sharp contrasts and precision, which can be in black and white or in high contrast, high key colors. The strong contrasts in color, geometry and composition excite and activate the eye, making the mind more receptive to illusory images, thus challenging visual perception and making the mind think it is seeing something different. What is often observed includes vibrating shapes, undulating movements, bending of elements and compositions, three-dimensional space and extremes in perspective and depth perception. Due to the activation and excitation of the eye, Op Art is frequently referred to retinal art.

Visual perception refers to the brain's ability to make sense of what the eyes see.It is the minds ability to interpret the surrounding environment using light in the visible spectrum reflected by the objects in the environment.  

Illusory refers to imagery that causes illusions that can fool, deceive or mislead the mind into perceiving something different that what the eye is actually seeing. 

Op Art is frequently associated with Concrete Art, Kinetic Art and the Constructivist Movement. 

Some of the earliest artists associated early with the Op Art movement included Victor Vasarely (1908-97),  Bridget Riley (b.1931), Julian Stanczak (1928-2017), Richard Anuszkiewicz (b 1930) and Edna Andrade (1917-2008). The exhibition, “The Responsive Eye”, organized by William C. Seitz and presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, February 23 through April 25, 1965, is largely credited with popularizing the Op Art Movement.


 

Artists who practice Op Art:

 

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Ernst Benkert

Mark Dagley

Peter Demos

Thomas Downing

Gabriele Evertz

Dean Fleming

Christian Haub

Francis Hewitt

Andrew Huffman

Angela Johal

Matthew Kluber

Mokha Laget

Tom Martinelli

Heather McGill

Rakuko Naito

Beth Radford

Marge Rector

Richard Roth

Michael Scott

Dee Shapiro

Oli Sihvonen

Julian Stanczak

Tadasky

Leo Valledor

Eric Zammitt

 

 

Exhibitions that feature Op Art include: 

 

 

RICHARD ROTH 
Close Call 
November 26 - December 22, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELA JOHAL 
You Hear The Colours 
October 1 - October 27, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL AND PATTERN PAINTINGS 
Presenting artworks by Beth Radford, Marge Rector and Eric Zammitt 
October 1 - October 27, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREW HUFFMAN 
Modulated: Color and Structure 
August 23 - September 29, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

TADASKY 
Pushing Boundaries 
August 23 - September 29, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

MARGE RECTOR 
Abstract and Captured Forms, 1967 to 197
March 23 - May 26, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEO VALLEDOR 
Curved 
March 7 - April 14, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULIAN STANCZAK: DYNAMIC FIELDS 
February 10 - March 17, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLI SIHVONEN
KINETIC ENERGY 
January 27 - March 3, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEAN FLEMING 
Duality 
October 14 - November 10, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOKHA LAGET 
In Shape, In Color 
September 4 - October 7, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTIC RESPONSE - FLASHBACKS: SUMMER OF LOVE 50 YEARS ON 
August 4 - September 4, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD ROTH 
Shocks and Struts
May 3 - June 17, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIZZLE AND CHILL 
March 9 - April 9, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOR: STAINED, BRUSHED AND POURED 
Featuring: Leon Berkowitz, Thomas Downing, Willem de Looper, Ruth Pastine, Paul Reed and Leo Valledor 
August 3 - September 3, 2016 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RE-OP: ‘THE RESPONSIVE EYE’ FIFTY YEARS AFTER 
October 2 - December 12, 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OP INFINITUM: 'THE RESPONSIVE EYE' FIFTY YEARS AFTER (PART II)
AMERICAN OP ART IN THE 60S 

Curated by David Eichholtz and Peter Frank 
May 26 - July 12, 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENT PERIMETERS: THE 'SHAPED CANVAS' AND ABSTRACTION, 1960S TO TODAY 
April 14 - May 17, 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POST-OP: 'THE RESPONSIVE EYE' FIFTY YEARS AFTER 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULIAN STANCZAK 
Lineal Pathways 
March 14 - April 19, 2014 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLI SIHVONEN 
In Motion, Rhythmic and Optical Paintings by Oli Sihvonen From 1988 to 1991 
January 31 - March 8, 2014 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETER DEMOS 
10 Paintings 
July 30 - September 7, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ 
Variations: Evolution of The Artist's Media 1986 - 2012 
May 10 - June 15, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DYNAMOS IN PARIS 
May 8 - May 29, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOM MARTINELLI 
OUT OF REGISTER, 1993-1998 
March 29 - May 4, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLORS AND OPTICS 
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Fred Eversley, Gabriele Evertz, Beverly Fishman, Rakuko Naito, Richard Roth, Julian Stanczak, Robert Swain, and Eric Zammitt 
February 13 - March 23, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GABRIELE EVERTZ 
Optic Drive 
November 9 - December 22, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANFORD WURMFELD 
November 9 - December 22, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW KLUBER 
Color Interference 
November 8 - December 22, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

FRED EVERSLEY 
Light Lens 
September 21 - November 3, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TADASKY 
The Circle ReViewed: 1964 to 2012 
August 17 - September 22, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULIAN STANCZAK 
Grids and Planes 
August 17 - September 15, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAY DAVIS 
Mirage 
March 2 - March 31, 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULIAN STANCZAK 
Elusive Transparencies 
September 1 - September 30, 2011 

 

 

 

 

 


David Eichholtz, Manager

David Richard Gallery, LLC

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