Art as Visual Research: Kinetic Illusions in Op Art [Preview]

Art and neuroscience combine to create fascinating examples of illusory motion

In a work reminiscent of Riley's, vision scientist Nick Wade of the University of Dundee in Scotland created an example that features both streaming and shimmering motion. An eye is clearly visible in the center of the design, and a face becomes visible if you view the illusion from across the room or shake your head. The hidden face is a portrait of Wade's wife, Christine, and the title Chrystine is a reference to the chrysanthemum shape.

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