An illusion is described as a false mental image or conception which may be a misinterpretation of a real appearance or may be something imagined. Hence, It may be pleasing, harmless, or even useful. A hallucination however is a completely groundless, false conception, belief, or opinion, caused by a disordered imagination; it is particularly frequent today in the pathological sense, according to which it denotes hearing or seeing something that does not exist. So it is sometimes difficult to define whether art is creating an illusion or a hallucination in your mind when it is viewed. This type of art can lead to many questions and weird conclusions. You may think you see some bathroom panels and a load of bathroomfittings but is that what you are actually seeing at all? Are they really in the art or is something else underlying? Reality is turned upside down.
Whatever it is that artists conjure up in our minds, these particular artists have done it extremely well. They have taken to the streets and displayed huge forms of hallucinatory art for the world to judge. Here are what I consider to be the best….
Working in alleys and abandoned parts of Rome, Italy, the artist who’s also known as Flickrub holds symmetry in high esteem as he executes his deceptive street art in thick white paint. Giving trippy three-dimensional form to shapes and objects that do not exist, the optical illusion graffiti of Mimmo Rubino achieves a true trompe l’oeil.
At the cutting edge of 3D pavement art is german artist Edgar Müller. His creations transform everyday locations into fantastical scenes: sharks erupting from pavements, chasms bisecting suburban, streets and rivers cascading through towns.
An architect, artist and former NASA illustrator, american artist Kurt Wenner’s amazingly detailed street artworks conjure images of both Baroque religious murals and a Salvor Daliesque surrealism.
Manfred Stader began street painting during his art studies at the famous Städel Artschool in Frankfurt, at the beginning of the 1980s and in 1985 he already became one of the few master street painters. Since then, he has been creating some of the best works for street painting competitions and advertising campaigns.
Perhaps the most famous pavement artist on the internet, UK-based Julian Beever has been creating drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. Beever works as a freelance artist and creates murals for companies, having created pieces around the world, from Europe to the US, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
Felice Varini is a Swiss artist known for his uncanny skill with perspective and geometry. His well-known geometrically-inspired optical illusion street art can be found outdoors. The designs seem to float as a whole when viewed from some angles. In others, the viewer sees broken fragments. His optical illusion street art does require a viewer to actively seek the right vantage point in order to appreciate the whole picture.