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Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s Hardcover – March 1, 2007
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In a sense Op Art is anti-art in that the artist, instead of helping the viewer to make sense of the painting (which is of course an illusion, as all painting is an illusion), does exactly the opposite by attempting to confuse the eye, and ultimately the mind of the viewer. Instead of expression, in Op Art we have sensation. Dave Hickey, who wrote the introductory chapter entitled "Trying to See What We Can Never Know" believes that "the ramifications of psychedelic drugs, sexual liberation, generational autonomy, optical art, and digital culture have each contributed to a contemporary model of consciousness conceived as a `limited-capacity system.'" (p. 11) In other words, Op Art reminds us that there is lot going on in our heads that we know nothing about.Read more ›