Ludwig Wilding

Ludwig Wilding
CPSR 2, 1986
Edition no.9 of 100

SBST 284, 1986
Edition no.10 of 100

The Op and Kinetic spatial works of Ludwig Wilding (1927 – 2010) aim to disorient viewers by tricking the focus of their eyes.

Wilding was always interested in the examination of visual perception of space, and more particularly in stereoscopy, which creates the illusion of depth in a single picture. Inspired by the Modernists as well as the work of M. C. Escher, he invented a special technology using the superimposition of interference in order to create three-dimensional optical illusions, utilising a wide variety of phenomena, including spatial illusions, anamorphoses, perspective paradoxes, fractals, and moving moiré patterns.

His works question the perceptual habits of the viewer and the interaction between the eye and the brain. Depending on the angle of view, the moiré patterns shift and flicker confusing the eye, while the grids seemingly turn into familiar objects such as kaleidoscopes and spinning wheels.