© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Wood textured black ground with lines forming "impossible" geometric shape.
Albers, former Bauhaus student and master, taught at Black Mountain College from 1933 to 1949. There he created multiple series of prints that explored specific visual problems or themes. The Multiplex series demonstrates Albers’s interest in optical illusion. The construction appears to hover in undefined, unanchored space. Through a complex positioning of lines, Albers leads the viewer through an interactive visual experience, challenging assumptions of solid, unchanging three-dimensional form. With a change in focus, forms dematerialize and reconfigure. The precise white lines of varying widths stand in stark contrast to the delicately textured, lyrical background lines of the wood grain.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Mary Emma Harris
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