The Art of Illusion: Widely Known Optical Illusions

– Written by Alan Tathanhlong

Have you ever looked at pictures that tricked your eyes into seeing something else, rather than what was actually there? If so, that’s what we call optical illusions! An optical illusion is a visual of seeming to see something that does not exist or that is other than it xdxappears. Optical illusions are quite different from illusions that come from the art of magic, which are able to fool the mind with their secrets and sleights of hand. Some optical illusions can make you imagine different pictures, even though the artist of these optical illusions depicted a much different image all together. Today, we will be talking about different types of optical illusions that are simple, yet can create a variety of images in the eye.

  • Grid Illusion – The grid illusion is any kind of grid that deceives a person’s vision. The two most common types of grid illusions are the 1870 Hermann grid illusion and the 1994 scintillating grid illusion. The Herman grid illusion is characterized by “ghostlike” grey blobs perceived at the intersections of a white (or light-colored) Untitled.pnggrid on a black background. The grey blobs disappear when looking directly at an intersection. The scintillating grid illusion, however is constructed by superimposing white discs on the intersections of orthogonal gray bars on a black background. Dark dots seem to appear and disappear rapidly at random intersections, hence the name. When a person keeps his or her eyes directly on a single intersection, the dark dot does not appear. The dark dots disappear if one is too close to or too far from the image.
  • Ponzo Illusion – In the 1911 Ponzo illusion, two identical lines across a pair of converging lines, similar to railway tracks, are drawn. The upper line looks longer because we interpret the converging sides according to linear perspective as parallel lines receding into the distance. In this context, we interpret the upper line as though it were farther away, so we see it as longer – a farther object would have to be longer than a nearer one for both to produce retinal images of the same size.
  • Penrose Triangle and Penrose Stairs – Finally, these two optical illusions are slightly different, but they follow the same guidelines. The Penrose stairs was 16650534_1859119551011966_1362059526_n.jpgcreated by Lionel Penrose and his son Roger Penrose. A variation on the Penrose triangle, it is a two-dimensional depiction of a staircase in which the stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. However, the original Penrose triangle,  created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934, was independently devised and popularized by the mathematician Roger Penrose in the 1950s, describing it as “impossibility in its purest form”.

The Art of Sculpturing

As through all the other types of art I have discussed, feeling can be expressed through sculpturing. Sculpturing expresses the way sculptor see an object in 3d. A sculptor shows the passion of shaping and object into the image he/she wants it to be. Sculpturing can be as humanoid as possible, or humanly proportionally incorrect. For example, there are many sculptures of humans and sculptures of monsters and beings created from the human mind. Just like any other form of art, sculpturing has its own history. Way back when cave people began hunting, they sculpted weapons from stone, and that’s when sculpting became popular. One of the oldest sculptures in history is an elephant more than 1000 years old. With art, you can do almost anything, and this goes the same for sculpturing. A sculptor can create a pig or a wave or almost anything through sculpturing. Some nice examples of sculpturing are people and animals. I hope you liked my small review of sculpturing and wish that you are inspired to explore sculpturing. I’ll see you in the next blog, bub bye. Here are some images of some cool sculptures.

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The Art of Photography

The art of photography is a very simple but hard skill to attain. Even though many people may take pictures, not many can recreate and perfect the art of taking a photograph. Photography all started with Joseph Nicéphore Niépce taking the first photograph in history, in 1827. Then, it was sharpened, by Louis Daguerre because the first photo took 8 hours of light exposure and the image was blurry, but his was clear and took a photo in a matter of minutes. Some science here, photography actually is taking in light off from surfaces of the object and refining it into a piece of paper. Photography has many components to it, just like any other form of art, such as lighting, depth, 3D dimension, and angle. Photography takes in all of these components to create feeling, emphasis, and meaning. For example, taking a photograph of the US capital in the middle of the frame is boring, when instead a photo of the exact object on the right side is more appealing. See for yourself

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See? If you don’t, then you just need to look at more pictures. As you can see, all the components to one picture can put so much emphasis and meaning than a selfie of your old looking self. Photography is just beautiful and you can pretty much see it everywhere, from a photographer taking pictures of a celebrity to your friends taking selfies everywhere they go. Thank you for reading my post for today, hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next time. Bub bye!

The World of Performing Arts: A History

-Written by Alan Tathanhlong

Many people enjoy the art and entertainment that the world of performing arts brings to us. But how did the concept of performing arts originate? The first performing arts were 16650568_1858691994388055_1176694111_n.jpgin the 6th century BC, during Greece’s Classical Period. Around this time, tragic poets such as Sophocles and Euripides wrote plays, which sometimes incorporated dance. The Hellenistic period began the widespread use of comedy. When the Hellenistic period began, another form of performing arts became widespread, known as comedy. However, during the 6th century AD, Western performing arts had been largely ended, as the Dark Ages began. The Western performing arts were then limited to religious historical enactments as well as morality plays, in order to celebrate holy days and other important holidays by the church.

Nevertheless, there was still hope in the performing arts as the Renaissance period began in Italy, spreading through Europe plays and more. By the 16th century, Commedia Dell’arte (a specific theatrical form easily known by improvised dialogue and a cast of16650534_1859119551011966_1362059526_n masked actors) became popular in Europe, which introduced the use of improvisation. In England, William Shakespeare’s plays were a well-known type of performance arts in the late 16th century.  When the 17th century arrived, opera rapidly became a common aristocrat’s entertainment of choice in Europe, as well as the people living in cities and towns throughout Europe.

Finally, the modern era of performing arts emerged in later centuries. During the 18th century, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera buffas , such as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni are landmarks of the late 18th century opera. At the 16652031_1858663551057566_1263193253_nturn of the 19th century, Beethoven and the Romantic movement ushered in a new era that led first to the spectacles of grand opera and then to the musical dramas of Giuseppe Verdi and the operas of Richard Wagner, which led directly to the music of the 20th century. Modern dance, around that time, began in the late 19th century and early 20th century in response to the restrictions of traditional ballet. As the 20th century continued, film became a dominant performance medium throughout the 20th (as well as the 21st) centuries (because of the invention of the motion picture in the late 19th century by Thomas Edison). Rhythm and blues, a cultural phenomenon of black America, had also began in the early 20th century, influencing a range of later popular music styles internationally. So overall, the history of performing arts has gone through a lengthy time in order to provide those who enjoy the arts as well as the entertainment.