Monthly Archives: September 2007

Hans Arp Addendum: Jean Arp addendum

My father noticed an appealing gender-driven ambiguity in Hans Arp’s “Moustache Hat” (see previous article), in addition to the visual ambiguities I discuss: “I am trying to figure out if the hat is intended only for males, because of the mustache idea. But I keep seeing a woman in there, with eyes, and a bouffant… Read More »

Eloge de Jean Arp (Ambiguïtés visuelles et illusions d’optique): In Praise of Hans Arp (Visual Ambiguity and the Optical Illusion)

Exposure to so-called “abstract” art reveals that the search for visual referents in these works is for the most part a naive exercise: one easily imagines the simpleton standing in front of a Tanguy tableau looking for animals or human faces in the painter’s suggestive blobs and smears. “I can see a house! And there’s… Read More »