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The illusion of Rob Wall’s reality
The new digital work by Bowen Island artist, Rob Wall, entitled Real Illusions at the Rob Wall Gallery, shows a major step ahead in the artist’s development.
Known mainly for his landscapes, Wall has forged ahead into new territory using his considerable skills with the computer to create a cornucopia of moire patterns and overlaid geometric shapes with ultra fine lines, which create finely spun webs of colour.
These works create various illusions, movement being the primary one, where each canvas has internal variations caused by both the designs and the colours patterns. Paraboloids, hexagons and diamond shapes abound and resonate on the walls like jewels. It’s stunning in the retinal impact created and the sense of illusion from shapes revolving or coming out at the viewer in 3-D.
There is no doubt we are seeing here a sort of renewal of ‘Op Art’, which began in the mid-1960s with its star painter, Bridget Riley, from the UK, or Vancouver’s Brian Fisher, who did similarly fine lines over geometric shapes in his acrylic paintings.
But this type of art has never really gone away and Wall has ambitious plans to continue developing his animated projections which accompany the exhibition and form backgrounds for his musical performances.
I look forward to seeing what comes out next from his research into this intriguing mixture of optical, mathematical and artistic shapes. It is a medium which has enormous potential.
The exhibit of 16 2D moireist pieces runs until December 31. There is a one-hour show (original music, project graphics, art animation) Dec. 28 and 29 from 2 to 3pm. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Go to RobertWallGallery.com for details.