Posted: Jul 23, 2015 4:13 pm
by Shrunk
felltoearth wrote:Considering the above I doubt if this is related but..

If you've ever been to the Rothko Room at the Tate Modern, there are a few paintings that have an interesting effect that I have witnessed where colors seem to "flow" from lighter to darker areas of his canvases. I attribute this to light levels in the room, under and over painting of colors and how the eye adjusts to the colour it is observing.

It is a pretty wild experience.

I think I've told this story before, but my family went to the Abstract Expressionism New York show at the AGO a few years ago. Normally, my kids (who were 14 and 16 at the time) would go thru an art show more quickly than my wife and I and then wait for us in the gift shop that inevitably forms the final "room" of any big exhibit. This time, however, they doubled back thru the exhibit and when we were done we found them sitting and staring transfixed at one of the Rothkos. We asked if they were ready to leave, and the older replied "Almost."

Back to the topic at hand: If you really thought a picture on your wall was moving its lips, what would you do? You'd pull up a chair or ladder and look at it from as close a distance as you could, right? You wouldn't just take a crappy cell-phone video from a distance and consider the matter settled, like this bozo does. That shows to me he realizes this is just an illusion, and doesn't want to break it.