Shadow Play is a fun show that also makes you think! It is by two artists who share a passion for the intriguing world of optical illusions. Local artist, Kaye McGarva's depth defying, 2-dimensional "Crease Paintings" have a photographic quality that, despite being abstract, look strangely familiar and invite the viewer to interpret what they are seeing.
Sitting next to these large scale paintings are the fabulous ceramic "Mirage Vase" sculptures by English born, Dunedin based artist, Alice Rose. She discovered by using a 2-dimensional surface pattern on a flattened 3-dimensional form, the viewer had difficulty discerning whether they were 2D or 3D. It was almost as if the forms defied existing in either dimension.
Artists and scientists have been using optical illusions for over 100 years to reveal the inner workings of the human body. If nothing else they teach us our eyes are not the objective visual organs that our conscious mind likes to believe, but rather part of an array of visual tools the body uses to make judgements about our world. But we'll let you be the judge of that.