Trick Art 2 Exhibition at the NTSEC, Taipei


You know those pictures of 3D sidewalk chalk drawings that you’ll occasionally get forwarded into your inbox by a co-worker? This is like that, except that you’re encouraged to both step in to the images and to take pictures.

Being held at the National Taiwan Science Eduction Center until early June, the Trick Art 2 show consists of 53 pieces of art which use scale, perspective, and shading techniques to give two-dimensional images a three-dimensional look that you can step in to. As previously stated, photography is encouraged as part of the experience and they go far as to mark out positions on the floor for each piece of art in which you can get the best photo.

What I found equally interesting with the core theme itself was that the pieces of art were done in a few different “styles”, like Pixar-esque cartoon, Caravaggio-like Realism (and mythological themes), Renaissance-like themes (those offended by boobies in Renaissance art should avoid this show), and Greek Classical sculptures and frescos (those offended by classical Greek art boobies should also avoid this show).

I thought the exhibit was great fun and an educational experience for my kids, both in introducing them to various styles of art in a fun & accessible way but also by introducing the concept of “visual trickery” to them and planting a small seed of healthy skepticism into their minds.

If you are offended by Renaissance boobies, don’t look below.

You looked, didn’t you? ;-)

Some candids…

Comments welcome.


About Brian Webb

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.