This painting stems from a series of work dealing with the human brain as it experiences the flashing lights of the TV and smart phone screens. Inspired by the first wave Op-artists, this painting deals with the basics of perception. When I set out to make this piece, I was interested in making a painting that changed drastically depending on where the viewer stood. From a distance the painting appears to be undulating and pulsing, while close-up you realize it's simply lines.

- Rebecca Kaufman


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

67" h x 84" w x 1.6" d
30 lbs. 6 oz.



Rebecca Kaufman
Oakland, California

Getting to Know Rebecca

Rebecca is inspired by capturing the glitches that occur in increasingly obsolete technologies. “I draw inspiration from the flicker of the television screen using an analog video synthesizer,” she explains. “This paired with a VCR and a CRT-TV helps me to generate crazy-looking glitched images. I take a ton of pictures, spend forever mixing colors, then turn the glitched images (or my dissection of the images) into paintings.” Conceptually, Rebecca is driven by the dichotomy of active and passive audiences. Observing a painting can often be a passive activity, but Rebecca strives to trigger more active visual consumption on the part of the viewer. “I disrupt the passive gaze using repetition and color to construct a powerful, visceral response to painting that both repels and hypnotizes without consent, demanding a continued engagement between the body and the eyes, much like the technologies we rely on today.”