On February 2, 2017 I visited the Fosdick-Nelson art gallery located at Alfred University. The name of the exhibit currently being shown is called “Real Reel” and consists of five contemporary artists that use trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) drawing, painting, and sculpture as a seduction to reel the viewer into questioning perceptions of reality.
Throughout the gallery, each artist played with the idea of altering our perception of reality by creating artwork that made you stop and question whether something was actually real or not. Upon entering the gallery, I was immediately drawn to the bright, abstract colors of Dominic Terlizzi’s painting and how he took crackers, bread slices, and other foods and imprinted their textures into the paint, giving an almost-realistic appearance. By using rhythm and movement through the use of diagonal and curved lines, as well as incorporating color gradients and value change, Terlizzi was able to create a visibly dynamic piece of art that really grabs the viewer’s attention.
Another piece in the gallery that caught my eye was the life-size Lincoln car artist Shannon Goff made entirely out of cardboard. The amount of detail, precision, and labor that went into creating and building this sculpture to scale is mind-blowing. From far away, the artwork actually did look like a real car at one point during my visit. Up close, the pin-point accuracy and attention to proportion, is simply stunning. The interior of the car being no different, Goff perfectly recreated the dashboard and all it’s functions, giving the artwork a very realistic feel, almost as if it was a real car.
In conclusion, both Terlizzi and Goff seemingly altered our reality and made us think if something was actually real or not. From detailed cardboard dashes to textured paint molds, everything in the gallery changed how we perceive things in the world and encourages us get a closer look.