The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts proudly presents its 2nd Annual Trompe L'Oeil Ceramic Artists Exhibition, one of the most rare and exuberant survey shows of contemporary trompe l'oeil ceramic artists in the United States.
The French term Trompe L'Oeil literally means "deception of the eye". It is a painting that utilizes the knowledge of perspective and games of light and dark to create, if only for a moment, the illusion of something that in reality it does not exist. These illusions, whether serious or playful, allow the viewer to perceive art and nature through a different perspective. In the 1960’s, distinguished ceramic artists such as Marilyn Levine, Richard Shaw and Victor Spinski began further experimenting with Trompe L’Oeil in ceramics by transforming clay into leather, metal, wood, plastic, glass or steel and creating found objects, banal if by themselves but gaining significance and intrigue when combined with other quotidian clay-created found objects.