Now that I had my direction and descriptor, I had to decide in what ways I am going to push the brief and the series. I had already decided that all the postcards will share the same descriptor. As such, I had to figure out four unique ways to demonstrate various aspects of multidisciplinary. While digging further into the crossroads between interactivity and op art, I got reminded of moire animations. In particular, I really love the works of Rufus Butler Seder. He has been working with optical illusions and animation for quite sometime and has a few patented techniques such as Scanimation and Live Tiles.
In my previous post, I discussed how simply pursuing a particular aesthetic and execution style was not helping me come up with any compelling compositions, ideas or directions to push this brief towards. I also mentioned earlier that I usually have difficulties creating works that were introspective in nature. At this point, I started looking around at what kind of directions my fellow classmates seemed to be gravitating towards. I noticed that most of them were using each post-card design to describe one particular aspect or facet of them. In a bid to both be different, and to also really narrow down and focus on my direction, I decided to pick on particular aspect of me to expand into.
Fruits of my Op Art Labor
Armed with my research of Op Art, I went to work on experimenting and creating a few pieces. I like using digital as my weapon of choice. Especially with the creation of very precise geometrical shapes, I felt using a tool that was equally as accurate would make sense. I created these on Adobe Illustrator. Here are the results:
Pursuing Optical Art
After making up my mind to create the design in the style of Optical Art, I carried out some research to look at artists that have come before me. I was paying attention to the black & white, figure-ground relationship in the compositions and looking at how I may incorporate typography into them. Here are some of the works that I found inspiring or interesting.
Upon looking at the brief, I was rather lost at the beginning. I am usually not the kind of person to create a series of works based on just myself. I usually like creating pieces that involve my views and interactions with a particular subject matter. So when the brief called for the limelight to be placed on me, I must say, I panicked a little. As such, I decided to get as far away from the problem of ‘me’ and took a little time to think about the direction that my works will take.