Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Illusionary Fun

I can't get enough of these kinds of things! The last one especially reminds me of the work of my favorite artist, M.C. Escher.

My dad used to show me stuff like this when I was little kid, usually from textbooks or journal articles that he was reading - or writing. The pictures fascinated me even then, though I couldn't understand a single word of the articles themselves (and still mostly can't). I remember one of my favorites showed dozens of different kinds of chairs; regular dining room chairs, stools, recliners, beanbag chairs, etc. There was no single visual factor that all of them had, other than being objects whose primary purpose was for people to sit on them. He told me that the average five-year-old child, when asked what the pictures had in common, could respond correctly that they were all chairs. Yet the most sophisticated computer in the world could not. I wonder how much the field has advanced since then?


At 12/26/06, 1:09 PM, Blogger Ezzie said...

AHHH!! My eyes hurt. Thanks :)

At 12/27/06, 9:07 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

Elie, those are great...love the black dot one.
Always loved Escher too. Used to have a poster hanging on the wall back in my college days...

At 12/27/06, 9:34 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Me too! Which one did you have? Mine was Belvedere.

At 12/28/06, 10:22 PM, Blogger Miriam L said...

That elephant ain't right.


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