Fool the Eye: Addressing Illusion in Contemporary Art

June 29, 2022 12:00 pm

This event runs from February 9, 2022 12:00 pm to September 24, 2022 12:00 pm.

Traditionally, the phrase trompe l’oeil (French for fool or deceive the eye) is associated with two-dimensional imagery that appears to be three-dimensional space or objects. While the phrase gained popularity in the early nineteenth century, illusionistic images—especially as associated with artistic endeavors—were being created centuries before that in Greco-Roman mosaics, Renaissance cathedral ceilings, and Dutch still lives. More modern interpretations include large-scale murals on building exteriors as well as street chalk drawings.

Trompe l’oeil artwork is regarded by some as the manipulation of materials with highly technical skill. In addition, there is a kind of humor implicit in the object’s creation—knowing that the viewer will likely have a moment of surprise or disbelief. Expanding on this, contemporary artists use illusion to draw attention to the meaning of objects, to suggest narratives and stories of human presence or absence, or to comment on society, culture, and history.

Three-dimensional explorations of illusion have often included suggesting one material through another—such as sculpting “fabric” made of marble. This exhibition, with works drawn from RAM’s collection, features contemporary interpretations of trompe l’oeil technique. While most of the works included are three-dimensional, two-dimensional examples offer more direct links to art historical precedents.

Upcoming Dates:
  • June 29, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 30, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 1, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 2, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 6, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 7, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 8, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 9, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 13, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 14, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 15, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 16, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 20, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 22, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 23, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 27, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 28, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 29, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 30, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 3, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 4, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 5, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 6, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 10, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 11, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 12, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 13, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 17, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 19, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 20, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 24, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 25, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 26, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 27, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 31, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 1, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 2, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 3, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 7, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 8, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 9, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 10, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 14, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 16, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 17, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 21, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 22, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 23, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 24, 2022 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403