Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art

May 21, 2011 - September 25, 2011

light_fragment This four-person exhibition, Perception/ Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art, explored a recent trend that questions the sense of sight and our perceptions of the world around us. Through the use of shadow play, lights, mirrors, and complex mathematical equations, artists create paintings and sculptures that underscore the tension between appearance and reality. These visually-engaging works of art move past earlier traditions of realism such as trompe l’oeilpainting, Photorealism, and hyper-realistic sculpture and challenge the idiom, “seeing is believing.”Participating artists included Chul-Hyun Ahn, Larry Kagan, Robert Lazzarini, and Mary Temple. Ahn, Kagan, and Lazzarini each create sculptures that explore illusions of depth, shadow, and distortion respectively; while Temple’s site-specific installations imitate silhouettes of windows and foliage.

Click here to read an interview with Mary Temple.

Light Fragment, 09.03, 2009. Mary Temple. Acrylic paint on sheetrock, acrylic gel, stain, and urethane on hardwood, 45 x 32 x 42 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mixed Greens. Photograph by Etienne Frossard.

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Mosquito I, 2007
Larry Kagan
Steel with shadow, 29 x 38 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Photograph by Gary Gold Studio
© Larry Kagan, 2010
Mosquito V, 2007
Larry Kagan
Steel with shadow, 32 x 42 x 19 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Photograph by Gary Gold Studio
© Larry Kagan, 2010


Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.
This exhibition is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund.
Delaware Division of the Arts
Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.



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