Series Wave Forms (1953)
The series Wave Forms is based on a special optical phenomenon called moirés. You can see them, for example, when you look through ribbed transparent curtain fabrics. The superimposition of the lines results in secondary patterns and illusory movements, which are related to optical illusions. They have also been the subject of mathematical calculations, revealing the astonishing fact that the secondary patterns are magnifications of the original patterning. To study their aesthetic effect, transparent sheets printed with parallel straight lines were placed on top of each other, initially resulting in uninteresting uniform patterns. However, by slightly lifting and curving the film on top, which thereby forms a continuously shaped spatial surface due to its elasticity, the complexity of the structures can be increased to an optimal aesthetic effect. In this series, the photographic documentation of the optical experiments was done in front of a fluorescent screen.