International Sculpture Center

   
Sept 2011
Vol.30 No. 7

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
Irresistible Illusions and Other Worlds
by Edward M. Gomez
At least since the Renaissance, when artists developed sophisticated perspectival and trompe l’oeil effects to produce convincing representations of the real world or of imaginary scenes, illusionism has been a large part of the story and substance of Western visual art. Later, abstract and conceptual art forms threw illusionistic painting and sculpture for a loop, but among certain art-makers, the urge to tease and delight the eye with two- and three-dimensional worlds has long endured. Their inventiveness, along with a certain kind of creative mischief, can produce works as entertaining and alluring as they are deceptively believable and enigmatic.

Alan Wolfson, Canal St. Cross-Section (detail), 2009-10. Plastic, brass, plywood, electrical components, and mixed media, 27 x 23.5 x 19 in.

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