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Sotomagie

1967
13 3/8 x 7 x 13 3/8 in. (34 x 17.8 x 34 cm)

Jesus Rafael Soto
Venezuelan (Ciudad BolĂ­var, Venezuela, 1923 - 2005, Paris, France)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Construction
Credit Line: Gift of the Charles Rand Penney Foundation
Accession Number: 1975.303
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: The Charles Rand Penney Collection

Edition: 50/100


As you walk past this sculpture, pay attention to the two white lines printed on its front surface. What happens to these lines as you move? Do they remain still, or do they seem to jump back-and-forth?

The kinetic illusion that you might have experienced is created by the layering of the two white lines onto black or white stripes. When you change viewing positions, the lines alternately appear and disappear, depending on how they line up with the striped background. This creates a flickering effect, and, as a result, the two white lines appear to jump back and forth.

[Label copy from Seeing in Color and Black and White, 2018]

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