Notes on Escher Vr
  • Any approach to Escher work is a natural and consequential way for a Vr researcher. I have to say that I was a fan of Escher in my youth, but I was more impressed by the landscapes he did in his Italian journey, than the magic, absurd perspective that he is famous for.
  • Browsing a book of Escher, I was impressed how all the 'transformation' works could nicely and easily fit in the VR world.
  • I started with 'metamorphosis III', the easiest to visualize in a vr contest, but with the introduction of qt5, I continued the discovery of this 'vr-translation' of Escher's graphics using the 'bubble' and ‘cubic’ potentialities.
  • Sphere, cubes, and cylinder: I divided the technical assembly of the vrs into these three categories: sphere was made with an equirectangular image and built in vr with qt5, cubic with 6 square images and also built in qt5, cylinder with a long stripe built with the old qt.
  • I had to rotate some of the cylinder vrs (Up & Down, Curl-up) because the standard qtvr spinning is on the horizontal plane, but the original draw has a vertical development, that neeed to be represented as spinning on the vertical plane.

Maurits Cornelis Escher

    I'm always wandering around enigmas.
    There are young people who constantly come
    to tell me: you,too,are making Op Art.
    I haven't the slightest idea what is, Op Art.
    I've been doing this work for thirty years now.
    Lecture, Ros Spierhuis, 1970

ESCHER'S ART CATEGORIES (by Bruno Ernst)

  1. regular spatial figures
  2. regular division of the plane
  3. spirals
  4. Moebius strips
  5. perspective
  6. metamorphoses and cycles
  7. approaches to infinity
  8. the conflict betwenn depicting something on a plane and the three-dimensional reality which is depicted
  9. the penetretion of more worlds
  10. spatial anomalies (impossible figures)
  11. relativities

Biography

b. June 17, 1898, Leeuwarden, Neth.
d. March 27, 1972, Laren, Neth.

Dutch graphic artist, known for his prints that use realistic detail to achieve bizarre optical and conceptual effects.

Escher studied at the School of Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. Growing interested in graphics, he spent a number of years traveling and sketching throughout Europe. His works from this period treated landscape and natural forms in a fantastic fashion using conflicting perspectives. Escher's mature style as a printmaker emerged after 1937 in a series of prints that combined a meticulous realism with paradoxical visual and perspective effects. He exercised great technical virtuosity to portray unexpected metamorphoses of mundane objects. His images were of equal interest to mathematicians, cognitive psychologists, and the general public, and were widely reproduced in the mid-20th century

Bibliography:

  • M.C.Escher, His Life and Complete Graphics Work
    by F.H Bool, J.R.Kist,J.L.Locher,F.Wierda
    Harry Abrams inc. Publisher, NY 1992
  • The Magic of M.C.Escher
    Thames & Hudson, London 2000
  • M.C.Escher, The graphic Work
    Taschen

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