Hi Friends + Happy Wednesday and on Wednesday we wear art + this weeks inspiration is OP Art!
Chris and I have had so much fun galavanting around town, shooting these photos. We usally go out on a Sunday and shoot an outfit or two. I know you probably wouldn't believe me, but I actually hate being in front of the camera. It makes me feel soo awkward and self-conscious. Once upon a time, I tried my hand at modeling and talk about anxiety! It can be quite intimidating having a crowd of people [photographer, stylist, assistants, art directors, hair & makeup artist + the client your shooting for] you do know dress, stare, poke and talk about you [almost as if your not there] and then be expected to 'perform' and look effortlessly beautiful [what am I supposed to do I do with my arms?!?!] Oh the poor models. hah but really, its not always as fun//glamourus as it may seem.
I've learned that if I am not in a studio, in front of a bunch of big lights and people, but rather out and about + being silly then we can achieve that effortless beautiful look. Luckily, Atlanta is saturated with beautiful public street art, providing us with a plethora of colorful backdrops for these shoots. Plus, natural light is the best! I am trying to make it a point now, that when I am driving around town and come across some great street street art- to snap a photo real quick + catalogue it for later. I always forget where I saw a great mural, then have to go on a wild goose chase to find it again!
I was talking to Chris about making an interactive map type thing for the site that catalogues the street art + my outfit so that if my readers would like to visit the mural in person, it will be easy to locate! Whatcha think?
Anywho, OP art is optical [illusion] art. Art that plays with the eyes + mind. It may give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing, vibrating, swelling or wraping. Some may consider it a form of abstract art, with most Op art pieces being in black + white.
Bleow, to the left is a compostition by artist//mathematician M.C. Escher. That style of tiled image, repeated over and over, with no gaps or spaces if called a tessellation [something you probably learned about in math class].
The image to the right is one is of London artist Bridget Kiley, who was a pioneer in the Op art relm. I love how the stripes on her shirt blend but at the same time is contrasting with the stripes in the art. [And don't you love the bowl cut?! My brother rock one of those for years!]
And incase you were wondering, this wall is located in the Summer Hill neighborhood of Atlanta, directly beside Turner Field.
Above is two more examples of Op art, one I am sure you may recognize- if you have ever attened a public school in America. I can't tell you how many classrooms I have seen a poster of those hands hanging up- its a good one! And I just like the Zebras. I believe these two images are a great examples of how Op art doesn't always have to be something thats super abstract, or just shapes or patterns. It can be created [and maybe be more insteresting] with real life subjects. Many critics considered M.C. Escher to be a surrealist as well, as a lot of his pieces have a dreamy like feel to them.
Get the look : [ Dress//tunic : Free People || leggings : Target || Shoes : Modcloth || Collar necklace + Sunglasses : D.I.Y]
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