Edenic x Darel Carey 1 (DCT1)
Darel Carey is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. He served in the US Air Force as an analyst for 11 years, then separated in 2012 to pursue a career in art, graduating from Otis College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2016.
Carey's collaboration with Edenic marks an evolution in his work, by applying his "Optical Art" (Op Art) style to an intricate three dimensional surface. Carey's Op Art usually includes dimensional line paintings, digital art, murals, and immersive tape installations. Optical and spatial perception are his main focus; he uses lines to shape and bend the perceived dimensions of a surface or a space. He is influenced by the work MC Escher, including his geometrical illusions, mathematical patterns, and tessellations.
Experimenting with his Op Art on the Teâshí Table revealed the ways in which two dimensional patterns, interacting with three dimensional spaces, can play with the mind's perception of reality. When painting lines, Carey had to determine how to work with the twisting geometry of the Teâshí Table design. He at times deliberately contradicted the design by creating an illusion of opposing motion with lines rotating in different directions from the table.
"Working with this piece was a unique experience," Carey said. "My lines usually add dimensions to a flat surface, but in this case my lines tend to have the opposite effect on the dimensional surface. To the viewer, the branches disappear behind the base, the shapes of the intricate sculpture are hidden from perception unless you walk around it. A truly moving piece, one of a kind."
Base Dimensions: 17 3/4" H x 25" L x 21" W
Base Weight: Approx. 48lbs
Glass Dimensions: 3/8" Thick, 42" L x 28 W
Glass Weight: Approx. 35lbs
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