OP-TRICKS: Creating Kinetic Art by Mickey Klar Marks

OP-TRICKS: Creating Kinetic Art

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Anyone at all familiar with op or kinetic art, or just attracted by the zappy colored cover, will be disappointed by the mild and unsurprising nature of the visual illustions created by Ms. Alberts and pictured here in black and white. There are several designs in which a number of straight lines create the appearance of a circle, others in which patterns of magic markers on plexiglas must catch the sun's reflection to reveal their tricks, and similar novelties using cork, silver paper, crinkled tinfoil, or accordion-pleated paper. The careful directions and uncomplicated projects assure success and might provide a springboard to more interesting constructions, but there is more inspiration in the Museum of Modern Art's Responsive Eye (1963) or even the variously ingenious kits and gadgets listed in the Edmunds (Scientific Company) catalogs.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1972
Publisher: Lippincott