Cubes in isometric projection often appear in Vasarely’s works. If we draw a smaller cube in a cube with equal sides (the sides of rhombuses with 60° and 120° angles), a multitude of illusions may be created. It may appear that the small cube has been cut out of the corner of the larger one or exactly the opposite, that a cube had been placed on top of that corner. Variations are achieved by altering the patterns and colours.
Here we’ll show you how to draw the basics. Then let your imagination flow and experiment with colour combinations.
“What one sees alternates between sticking to the plane of the canvas, then moving in front of the canvas or behind it, which sometimes causes an uncomfortable feeling, a type of stress. In some ways vision becomes a victim of force, you can not know at which moment the positive form will revert to the negative one. After many years of research I finally discovered a simple, yet new tool that complemented the illusion of motion created by the axonometric projection.”
Victor Vasarely (in Jean-Louis Ferrier: Négyszemközt Victor Vasarelyvel, 1982. Kossuth Nyomda, Budapest. 35.)
Image: Victor Vasarely: Kotzka, 1973–76