Friday, October 16, 2015

Arty Farty Friday ~ Patrick Hughes and Angular Perspectives

Just a brief Arty Farty post this week.
Subject: Patrick Hughes,

Born 20 October 1939 in Birmingham, UK, curently living and working in London.

He is the creator of "reverspective", an optical illusion on a 3-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest.

As explained by the artist:
Reverspectives are three-dimensional paintings that when viewed from the front initially give the impression of viewing a painted flat surface that shows a perspective view. However as soon as the viewer moves their head even slightly the three dimensional surface that supports the perspective view accentuates the depth of the image and accelerates the shifting perspective far more than the brain normally allows. This provides a powerful and often disorienting impression of depth and movement. The illusion is made possible by painting the view in reverse to the relief of the surface, that is, the bits that stick farthest out from the painting are painted with the most distant part of the scene.

Take a look at some of his paintings on this website (click on thumbnails for enlargements) or at Google Image, or the couple below - then look at the patterns made by aspects in his natal chart. Do you see what I saw? It kinda, sorta looks like one of his paintings! All those square angles!

Click on images for a better view.


Born 20 October 1939 in Birmingham, UK. Chart set for 12 noon.

I'm leaving it there, because we have places to go, people to see and later, fall foliage to find. I'll just add links to a brief but interesting interview with Mr Hughes ("I've got a tremendous lot of clothes – at least 40 suits made for me by David Chambers..."). No Bohemian he then! And at Amazon we can take a peek into one of his books, yes he writes too: Paradoxymoron: Foolish Wisdom in Words and Pictures.

Blog will be on hold for a few days, unless anything of intense interest crops up.


mike said...

Hughes' art necessitates viewing in person or via video, with the videographer moving around the piece to provide the dimensionality. There are several videos available online. His sculpture-paintings are interesting and employ a novel technique, but not to my preferences (like he would care...LOL!). I've seen many artists that actually capture a very life-like 3D effect, but in true 2D. The sidewalk, chalk artists come to mind, as does M.C. Escher.

His Moon could be anywhere from 24* Capricorn to 6* Aquarius and the Moon's position is key to a number of major aspects, depending on its position. As shown for noon, it's part of a grand trine and a grand square. I think of "tension & structure" when I summarize his aspects, and that's the way his art translates to me.

The Telegraph's interview with Hughes comes across as a bit arrogant and self-inflated. Is that the Sun-Moon-Saturn-Pluto grand square talking, or the Mercury-Mars-Uranus T-square?

I'm sure you'll enjoy your travels and the chilled air...hope there's some sunshine to offer warmth during the days. My sister in KS said it's been in the upper 30s for lows. I'm envious of the cold air up north...we are still in the 90s and humid...and for extra zest, our coastal waters have red tide...nasty stench.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Yes, I had meant to include a video, then decided against it. I should've done it!

You probably saw that one, with the artist narrating.

I felt the same about the interview with the artist - probably a combination of all those sharp angles coming through.

Thanks - It's cooler here today, with threat of showers. The cold nights might help the fall foliage to show its colours - hope so! It's always hit and miss though. We've missed more times than we've hit on leaf-peeping trips.
Ew - red tide with nasty stench....I don't like to dwell on that. :-)

Bob said...

Good luck finding nature's Fall pallet.

Twilight said...

Bob ~ Hi there! Thanks. We shall seek it here and seek it there on the highways and byways.

Twilight said...

Comment from mike, later -

mike (again) said...
Twilight, I made a comment on your post of Patrick Hughes, but the electrons seem to have lost their way. I came across this brief video by accident and it provides the needed angle-view to make me fully appreciate his work:

February 23, 2016 11:57 AM

Twilight said...

Thanks mike - yes, that's very helpful.