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critically acclaimed paper artist Jennifer Stark brings her optical illusions to Oklahoma

Ryan Querbach June 1st, 2011

Your eyes are not deceiving you: City Arts Center has welcomed hypnotizing work from critically acclaimed paper artist Jennifer Stark.

“Cosmological Constant” is one of Jen Stark’s stop-motion animations now hypnotizing visitors.
Mary Ann Prior, executive director, described Stark’s creative process as mathematically precise, noting that the artist’s only tools are an X-ACTO knife, glue and paper, with which she makes intricate, colorful and dizzying shapes that ultimately comprise quite the optical illusion.

“It’s very hypnotic,” Prior said. While the piece “Cosmological Constant” is two-dimensional, it conveys a three-dimensional effect, she said.

Stark also makes animated videos with a similar artistic approach, three of which are part of the exhibit, “Tunnel Vision,” now on display through Aug. 27.

British still-life photographer Tessa Traeger’s work also is currently on display. Her exhibit, “Voices of the Vivarais,” shows life in a rural French community. Both exhibits are free to the public.

City Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday. For more information, call 951-0000 or visit —Ryan Querbach

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