Words Leap Off The Page In 3D Calligraphy Art By Tolga Girgin

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Considerably ancient art form of calligraphy is brought to new dimensions by Tolga Girgin, a Turkish electrical engineer by trade and graphic designer by heart. His series of 3D calligraphic artworks witness how a little bit of imagination and skill can breathe life to a slowly disappearing craft.

Looking at Girgin’s graceful letters and strokes it seems like they are going to leap off the page and float into thin air. The eye-catching effect is achieved by combining skillful shading and perspective. Bright colors also do justice for Girgin’s works. His letterforms look more like paper cut-outs than two-dimensional drawings.

Girgin also practices “calligraffiti” which blends the properties of calligraphic style with modern day graffiti: the art of writing meets the art of getting your (pseudo) name up in an urban environment. Calligraffiti borrows inspiration from ancient lettering styles: Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, medieval books and quill writing. The new form of art was originally named and pioneered by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman. (via Colossal)

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Warped Installations That Trick The Eye And Make You Do A Double Take

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Artist Justen Ladda has been living and working in New York City since 1978.  His first solo exhibit listed on his resume was in 1980 at the legendary ABC No Rio.  His perspective warping style looks surprisingly fresh considering much of it was created throughout the 1980′s.  Ladda combines painting with installation to create two-dimensional images that appear to float in space are slip into three dimensions.  Using careful proportions, perspectives, and viewpoints, Ladda painstakingly creates image that appear severely warped from all but one angle.  He often uses this technique of illusion to arrange for his paintings to interact with their surroundings in ways not often accorded to flat images.

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Felice Varini’s Huge Installations Are All About Your Point Of View

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For artist Felice Varini it’s all about your point of view.  Varini takes this idea to its extremely literal conclusion.  From the perfect perspective his painted geometric shapes seem to float in front of your eyes.  However, in reality Varini works hard to make only appear this way.  In reality his pieces are huge, cover entire structures (at times multiple buildings), and carefully prepared to be seen from a precise viewpoint.  His large optical illusions underscore the subjective nature of art – it’s all about your point of view.

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The Multi-Perspective Art of Christopher Derek Bruno

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The work of artist Christopher Derek Bruno playfully interacts with perspective shifts.  Some of his art only comes into a cohesive whole when viewed from a very specific angle.  Other pieces have multiple forms depending on where a viewer is standing.  In a way, his art uses literal multiple perspectives to comment on multiple social perspectives.  As his work changes from one vantage point to another, the reading of any work of art changes with each viewer.  In this way one piece becomes several.

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Michael Murphy’s Perfect Perspective Multi-layered Sculptures

The work of artist Michael Murphy emphasizes personal perspective.  Murphy builds upon several layers to construct a larger image only seen from a precise angle.  When stepping away from that angle the image descends back into abstraction.  Murphy uses this to express the social and political ideas implied several of his pieces.  A portrait of Barack Obama diffuses to reveal very many shades of skin tones which accumulate to form a whole portrait.  The simple shape of a Christian Crucifix is dismantled into an iconology of the symbol – a visual conversation of contemporary issues associated with the religion.

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