Sunday Morning Illusion

Today we bring you a meta illusion. Many illusions get your brain to misfire and have it interpret an image to be a real think when it’s actually an impossible representation.
Alexa Meade is a brilliant artist that gets your brain to believe it’s looking at an impossible abstraction when it’s actually looking at a real thing.

Alexa Maede - Spectacle

Don’t Get it? Check it out after the jump.

That’s right. This isn’t a painting of a man. It’s a photograph of a painted man.Even knowing that, can you force yourself to see it as anything but a painting? I can’t. Perhaps my mind is just feeble.

Here’s another

Aligned with Alexa - Alexa Meade

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  1. October 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Love this woman’s work… the pics of her with her subjects just freak out my mind 🙂

  2. October 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! Even the photo of her shooting the photo… I still see a ‘painting’. She’s amazing.

  3. October 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I have a severe case of cognitive dissonance! Such a fantastic post. I’m sharing this all over the place. Thanks, Ryan!

  4. October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My head asplode.

  5. October 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Awe. some.

  6. October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    That is completely amazing. I wonder if there’s a fair amount of trial and error to make the illusion as compelling as it is, or if she works out all of the technical details in advance?

    Also, her work reminded me of this awesome dude: http://v1kram.posterous.com/liu-bolinthe-invisible-man

  7. October 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    :O That is so cool!

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