Deceptive rooms – optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils Nova

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaThis spectator is guilty of trying to deceive you.

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Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaNo, he’s still doing it.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaThere we go.
Artist Nils Nova creates room-sized installation artwork that causes you to see the room you’re in in a new way. The above example is called Minus 90 degrees.

In the work below, Im Gegenlicht, (roughly translated as "In the Backlight"), the end of a narrow gallery continues with a large photograph attached to the wall. Did you notice the progressively smaller paintings attached to the back wall?

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaDo not keep walk quickly through this exhibit or there will be a cartoon moment.

In Mind the Gap, he’s playing with many of our perceptions about the space. A wall covers some of the windows, and other windows are fake. A large cube camouflages itself when we approach from a certain angle. A painting on a wall mimics the foliage found outside the windows, while another painting of more foliage is attached to a wall covered in a large photographic mural. I’d bet that walking around this actual room your senses would be heightened as you tried to find more of these connections and illusions.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaWhen you walk into the room, this large shape is to your left.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaYou might notice that the windows and floor and wall on the far end side of the room are fake.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils Nova As you approach, you notice that the fake windows and floorand wall are a photographic mural, but the painting attached to the mural is real.  And the wall on the right is covering some of the windows. And is that a green light coming from behind 
the wall, or is it a reflection from outside?

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaThe painting on the wall covering the windows is of green 
foliage similar to the green foliage outside the windows.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaWhen you turn around, you see the cube you walked past on your way in. Attached to it are photos of the view outside the window, and the floor, and the wall.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaAs you walk closer, at a certain point the cube seems to fade into the background, because the photos on the surface are now a form of camouflage, creating an interesting optical illusion.

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaAs you approach the exit, now the opening looks like it’s not quite "real."

Deceptive rooms - optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils NovaAnd when you examine the painting to the left of the exit, you see it’s made of steel,
painted to make the center more clear as it reflects the oddness of the room.
Nils Nova, Selected Works>>

2 thoughts on “Deceptive rooms – optical illusion artwork you walk inside, by Nils Nova”

  • I just wished that you spoke English (either American or British) so we could have understood what you were talking about.

    It seemed like you wanted to convey something to us and I was excited to read what you wrote but unfortunately, I could not understand what you want to say.

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