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It's the man on the moon, right? Keep looking. Okay ? whoa! ? now it's two lovers moving in for a kiss. Try another. This one? It's a bowl of fruit. Pick it up. Flip it over. Ah...now it's a guy in a helmet!As design historian George Tscherny so readily shows in this endlessly engaging book, perception is a fragile and easily manipulated commodity. Changing Faces presents an idiosyncratic and humorous collection of paintings, drawings, cartoons, masks, toys, advertisements, and other works of ephemera that ? ...
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Overview

It's the man on the moon, right? Keep looking. Okay — whoa! — now it's two lovers moving in for a kiss. Try another. This one? It's a bowl of fruit. Pick it up. Flip it over. Ah...now it's a guy in a helmet!As design historian George Tscherny so readily shows in this endlessly engaging book, perception is a fragile and easily manipulated commodity. Changing Faces presents an idiosyncratic and humorous collection of paintings, drawings, cartoons, masks, toys, advertisements, and other works of ephemera that — either by flipping or flopping or just plain staring — somehow transform the human physiognomy. Here you will find optical illusions from the Renaissance, Enlightenment-era political cartoons, and Victorian toys that all start off as one thing and end up as another. Sometimes these mutations were made for fun (give magnetic hair to a bald man!) sometimes for profit (buy a Studebaker!), and sometimes to score a political point (watch a French king turn into a big fat pear!), but the results are always an intriguing pleasure to watch. Not every book on our list promises an afternoon of pleasant diversion — architecture is serious business — but we're confident that after a few moments with this volume even the most jaded readers will — forgive us! — find their frowns turned upside down.

Author Biography: George Tscherny is a design consultant for the School of Visual Arts and is principal of George Tscherny, Inc., a design firm in New York City. In 1997 he was inducted into the New York Arts Directors Hall of Fame.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568984803
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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