Richard Anuszkiewicz, a pioneering practitioner of Op Art in the United States before that perception-altering style was even given a name in the 1960s, died on May 19 at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 89. Anyone’s who’s seen my geometric abstract works has seen the undeniable influence that Anuszkiewicz has had on my work. His pioneering work that combined mathematics with color composition into a sublime style that was both complex and simple, enigmatic and solvable. When I began making art primarily in a digital medium, I found that I could emulate his style, and use it to springboard into new areas of expression. For the month of June, Monday Morning Art will feature new works by me, inspired by the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz.
Today’s piece is called Nairobi Trio. Sometimes with Op Art, you just stick a title on something because it needs you, and this week’s title is a sequel to last week’s, but it’s also a tribute to Ernie Kovacs. This one is a digital piece that was made using an old geometric piece combined with a modified early draft of the piece called Carnival that ran earlier this month. The end result is busy on purpose, and has lots of hidden Moiré fun within it.
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Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we have a special marathon of Pyschedelic Shack from 7 AM to 3 PM. These eight episodes of Nigel Pye’s trippy one-hour mixtape give you insight into the view from your third eye. You can hear new episodes of Psychedelic Shack every other Tuesday at 2 PM.
At 3 PM on Prognosis, Herman Linte brings us a show devoted to the solo works, side projects and other bands featuring members of YES, and it opens with new music from Rick Wakeman. That’s followed by a classic Prognosis and an evening of NOISE BRIGADE and Radio Free Charleston.
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