Victor Vasarely was born in the year 1908 in Hungary, but
grew up in France. Known for optical art, he used shapes, wiggly
lines, and concentric patterns that had impact on the physiology
and psychology of vision. Vasarely was dedicated to the
scientific investigation of vision which is so important to
virtual reality today.
Vasarely was a member of the OP art movement or "optical
art." This graphic art form allowed objects to merge three
dimensionally through the use of color. The paintings look like
they are in relief. Op art does not tell us what we actually see.
When looking at a Vasarely painting you receive different
information no matter from what distance you are viewing it. We
are forced to move back and forth in the painting.
In his paintings,Vasarely's subjects move, expand, contract,
and squirm. The paintings engage the viewers so that they are
drawn into the painting and interact with the painting at
different distances. The viewer becomes involved with the
painting, just as the participant does in virtual reality.
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