Gormleys is delighted to present a joint exhibition by two leading optical artists Patrick Hughes and Patrick Rubinstein. Both artists create 3-dimensional works that play with the illusion of movement and the viewers perception.
British artist Patrick Hughes was born in 1939 and is now based in London. His work is included in the permanent collections of the TATE Modern in London and MOMA in New York. Hughes is the creator of "reverspective", an optical illusion on a three-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest. For the last 25 years his 3-D paintings have been exhibited internationally and featured in many leading museums and public collections. The experience of seeing a Patrick Hughes painting in reality is really to experience unreality and the paradox of illusory space and movement.
Born in Paris in 1960, Patrick Rubinstein grew up in the shadow of artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley and Yaacov Agam; leading figures in the Op (optical) Art and Kinetic Art movements. He is fascinated by the way they combined geometric lines and shapes with colour to create the illusion of movement and play with the limits of the human eye’s perception. While their artwork was subtle, disorientating and abstract, Rubinstein’s is more intuitive and attuned to Pop Art, making his images accessible and highly engaging to a contemporary audience. Rubinstein paints his artworks in three dimensions, allowing the viewer to see several works in one. His work is exhibited in leading galleries internationally and held in many prestigious collections all over the world.
The exhibition takes place in our Dublin gallery from 14th- 31st October.