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Gotham City Meets Transformers at Wick at Night

April 23, 2009


At first glance the average observer may ascertain Gotham City meets Transformers when they see the headline piece of graphic design by Walter Wick. Brigham Young University Museum of Art’s held its photography exhibition, ‘Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic’ two weeks ago. Pieces comprised of items ranging from buttons to toy robots. Featured were the works of Walter Wick, author and photographer of more than 30 children’s books, if you’ve heard of I Spy, Can You See What I See?, and Optical Tricks.

The exhibition also housed photographs from Wick’s books, five models that Wick used to create some of the images, and a behind-the-scenes video presentation on how book images were created. A highlight of the exhibition was a number of visual puzzles that involved a search for trinkets and toys hidden in various photographs in the gallery. If you check out his visual puzzles, it tests your observation skills and creativity. Wick collaborated with model makers and scene artists to construct individual compositions that were then photographed. The puzzles and optical illusions led Wick to moonlight for Games magazine in the 1980’s. Recommendation: if you can’t attend one of his exhibits, go sip a hot beverage and peruse his works at you local readery.

BYU Museum of Art Presents Walter Wick

February 26 – August 1, 2009

Article by Ryan Whitesides

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